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SPRING 2011 

Vol. 35 • No. 1 




CONTENTS 



Features 

10 Freedom Rides Semester 

Anniversary celebration takes UMW 
community on an unforgettable journey 

Survey Says ... 

New questionnaire asks what your university 
has done for you and what you can do for 
your university 




26 They Love it When "The Plan" 
Comes Together 

Fervent fans applaud the recent reunion of 
'90s indie band with UMW roots 

30 Tears for Taylor 

Supported by UMW, brother of tsunami victim 
focuses on healing 




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UMW celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides by 
building an outdoor exhibit that told the stbry of the strategic 
campaign in pictures, words, and music. Shown here is the heart 
of the exhibit - a 1960s era bus - during sunset on Ball Circle. 
The semester-long celebration, the logo of which appears on the 
cover, was to continue through May 8, 2011. 



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Departments 

2 Editor's Desk 
2 On Campus 
8 Sports 
32Q&A 

33 Book Report 

34 Get the Picture? 

35 Arts 

36 Notable & Quotable 

38 Alumni Board 

39 Class Notes 

72 Closing Column 




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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 



EDITOR'S DESK 



To the editor 



The latest University of Mary Washington Magazine is superb. It always has 
such an interesting blend of stories, articles, and accompanying photos. As I 
read, I am able to see accomplishments of alumni who are near the end of an 
illustrious career as well as those of UMW students just beginning their years at 
Mary Washington. 

I am so proud of my alma mater and all the wonderful things that are being 
accomplished there. Thanks to the magazine, our UMW community is able to 
stay close and current, and we can maintain the 
excitement and enthusiasm for Mary Washington 
that we had as students. 

I am certain other alums would agree that the 
magazine is a first-class publication - of which we 
can be very proud. 

Thank you. 

Patti Boise Kemp '69 

Fredericksburg 




ON CAMPUS 



Alary Washington 

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SPRING 2011 -VOLUME 35 • NO. 1 



Executive Editor: Anna Barron Billingsley 
Managing Editor: Neva S. Trenis '00 
Editor: Lisa Chinn Marvashti '92 
Editorial Board: Jack Bales, William B. Crawley Jr., 
George Farrar, Torre Meringolo, Marty Morrison, 
Cynthia L. Snyder '75, and Martin A. Wilder Jr. 
Designer: AJ Newell 
Graphic Artist: Bridget Walsh 

University of Mary Washington Magazine is published 
for the alumni, friends, faculty, and staff of the 
University of Mary Washington three times a 
year. Email letters to abilling@umw.edu or mail to 
University of Mary Washington Magazine, University 
of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300. University of Mary 
Washington Magazine welcomes your comments. 
Send address changes to University of Mary 
Washington Office of Alumni Relations, 
1119 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5412. 

University of Mary Wasliington Magazine 

is printed with nonstate funds and is made possible 

through private support. 

Visit University of Mary Washington Magazine 
online at www.umw.edu/umvvmagazine. 

^ d % Tliis edition is printed on recycled paper. 



Waste Watchers Take on Seacobeck 



If you take it, eat it. That is the message from a food-waste survey conducted 
in Seacobeck Dining Hall this semester. Ecology-minded students, with the 
cooperation of dining staff members, decided that if they collected everyone's 
"leftovers" from one meal and displayed them, diners would be inspired to waste 
less. The total take from a recent Wednesday dinner? 120 pounds. As one inspired 
- but disgusted - student put it: "Yikes!" 



Tori Wong '11, UMW's sustainability 
coordinator, helped lay out the 
"feast" of passed over food. 





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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 



ON CAMPUS 



UMW Numbers Add up to 
One Great Education 

Whether comparing graduation rates, best values, or 
volunteerism, the University of Mary Washington and its 
students stack up against the best. 

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS 

The bottom line 

UMW is No. 1! In February, the Peace Corps announced 
that, with 32 undergraduate alumni currently serving as 
volunteers, the University of Mary Washington ranks first 
among the nation's small universities (those with fewer than 
5,000 undergraduates). The announcement marks the first 
time ever UMW has claimed this distinction. 

Movin'onup 

- In 2010, UMW ranked second. 

- In 2009, UMW ranked sixth. 

- Since 2004, UMW has ranked in the top 25. 
The big picture 

Since the 1961 inception of the Peace Corps, 215 Mary 
Washington alumni have served the 27-month commitment 
around the world. 

BEST VALUE 

The bottom line 

In its February issue, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine 
listed UMW among the nation's "100 Best Values in Public 
Colleges" for 201 1. Mary Washington ranked 26th out of 100 



four-year public institutions nationwide when comparing 
in-state tuition costs and 28th when considering out-of-state 
tuition costs. 

Movin'onup 

- In 2010, UMW ranked 38th for in-state tuition and 42nd for 
out-of-state tuition. 

- Since 2006, UMW has appeared consistently on the 
Kiplinger's best value list. 

The big picture 

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine selects the best values 
from a pool of 500 public four-year colleges and universities, 
ranking them on academic quality by measuring such factors 
as admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, four- 
and six-year graduation rates, and cost and financial aid. 

GRADUATION RATES 

The bottom line 

With a graduation rate of 77 percent, the University of 
Mary Washington ranked fourth among the nation's public 
master's universities, according to an analysis of federal 
data through 2008 that was done by The Chronicle of Higher 
Education. 

Movin'onup 

- In 2003, UMW's graduation rate was 71 percent. 

The big picture 

In computing graduation rates, The Chronicle measures 
the share of first-time full-time students entering in the fall 
seeking bachelor's degrees and finishing within six years. 
The analysis included nearly 1,400 four-year public and 
private nonprofit institutions. 



Executive-in-Residence Program Attracts 
Major League Talent 

Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Robert Nutting scored a grand slam at UMW by bringing his 
business savvy and leadership expertise to the fall semester's Executive-in-Residence 
program, which draws corporate leaders to campus. 

Committed to education, Nutting - who received his bachelor's degree in American 
history from Williams College in Massachusetts - has held multiple posts in support 
of scholastic institutions. He is an advocate for philanthropic entities and youth 
organizations, and he serves on the boards of various associations. In addition to his role 
in major league baseball, Nutting also serves as president and CEO of Ogden Newspapers 
in West Virginia and as chairman of Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. 

Nutting's mother, Betty "Snookie" Woods Nutting '58, is a Mary Washington 
alumna and member of the UMW Foundation Board. 



Robert Nutting heads a trifecta of businesses - a major 
league baseball team, a newspaper chain, and a resort. 




UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 



ON CAMPUS 




UMW Students Help 
Boost Honduran 
Business 

Thanks to the efforts of a group of UMW students, three 
Hondurans received the cash they needed to help bring 
their business ideas to life. 

The lucky entrepreneurs were the winners of a 
competition launched in December by La Ceiba, a 
microfinance institution run by Mary Washington students. 
The project provided grants and training to help aspiring 
business owners in El Progreso, a community in the 
impoverished Central American country of Honduras. 
UMW students conducted a study that revealed the 

community's lack of business- 
development training. Inspired 
by those results, they provided 
a weeklong workshop to teach 
financial literacy and other skills 
residents need to start new 
businesses and to improve or 
expand existing ones. 

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business plans for consideration, and residents, including the 
presidents of the community's Chamber of Commerce and 
Rotary Club, helped judge the entries. 
Awards included: 

First place: $250 to supplement the artisan work of 
a woman who plans to sell products such as purses 
made from recycled materials 
Second place: $200 to a woman who plans to sell 
tamales and tajadas out of her home 
Third-place: $175 to a man who wishes to work as 
a welder to supplement the income he generates 
selling tajadas 
The contest, which La Ceiba hopes to conduct each 
year, is a step toward the organization's goal of establishing 
an enterprise incubation and development center to help 
motivated Hondurans start businesses. Those companies, in 
turn, would employ other community members, providing 
an exponential economic impact. 

Founded in 2008 by UMW Associate Professor of 
Economics Shawn Humphrey, La Ceiba provides microloans 
and educational support in an effort to help develop the 
economy of Honduras and to improve living conditions for 
its impoverished residents. The group works in conjunction 
with another UMW student-run organization, Students 
Helping Honduras, which aims to eliminate extreme poverty 
in one of the Western Hemisphere's poorest countries. 




UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • '.THING 2011 




Foundation Lauded for 
Economic Impact of 
Eagle Village 

The University of Mary Washington Foundation received 
a pair of recognitions this winter for transforming the 
longstanding Park & Shop retail center into the vibrant 
mixed-use Eagle Village. 

In recognition of its contributions to the state's 
economy, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in December 
named the Foundation one of three finalists for the Virginia 
Torchbearer Award in the 1st Congressional District. 
In January, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of 



Commerce presented the Foundation with an Economic 
Impact Award for leading the way in "urban renewal and 
revitalization of the aging U.S. Route 1 corridor." 

"Eagle Village is a powerful redevelopment example," 
said Fredericksburg's director of economic development 
and tourism, Karen W. Hedelt, who commended the project 
for the employment, tax revenue, and renewal it brings to 
the city. 

The UMW Foundation, a private nonprofit, bought 
the 1960s-era Park & Shop center in 2007, transforming 
the 23-acre property into Eagle Village, a state-of-the-art 
complex with Eagle Landing, a 156-unit apartment building 
for students, and an adjacent structure with restaurants, 
shops, offices, and a multilevel parking garage. An enclosed 
pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1 connects the development to 
the University's Fredericksburg campus. 



Debater's Award Means More Money for Honduras 




A Mary Washington senior's award for debate will bring additional financial aid to the El 
Progreso area of the impoverished Central American country of Honduras. 

Benjamin Richard Saunders '11 snagged the American Debate Association's 
Julia Burke Award at a national championship tournament in March. The recognition 
is reserved for college policy debaters who respect the debate community and are 
committed to helping others and maintaining friendships in the face of competition 
- qualities displayed and held dear by 16-year-old Julia Burke, who died in a 1998 car 
crash en route to a high school debate. 

The award also comes with a $2,000 prize for the nonprofit organization of the 
winner's choice. Saunders, an anthropology and international affairs major and four- 
year member of the University's debate team, chose to award the money to the UMW 
student-run organization La Ceiba, which is dedicated to providing economic support 
to El Progreso and its people. 

A graduate of Blacksburg High School, Saunders' collection of awards includes a 
second-place prize in the 2008 American Debate Association Novice Nationals and a 
first-place finish at the 2009 U.S. Naval Academy Policy Debate Tournament. 



UMW senior Benjamin Richard Saunders 
won the American Debate Association's 
Julia Burke Award in March. 



UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 



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The Stars Came Out 

UMW students shine at 
day-into-night cancer fundraiser 

What do a chemistry professor with purple hair, a Mary 
Washington transfer student from Virginia Tech, and the wife 
of UMW's president have in common? 

They all have a connection to cancer, and they all 
helped make Mary Washington's second annual Relay 
for Life one of the most successful in this region. To date, 
the 201 1 UMW Relay for Life has raised $67,000 for the 
American Cancer Society (ACS). 

Janet Asper, assistant professor of chemistry at UMW, 
lost her father last year to glioblastoma, a form of brain 
cancer. Luke Ruth '12 was never able to meet his maternal 
grandfather because he died far too early from "that ugly 
disease." Rose Hurley is a cancer survivor. 

Hurley provided a motivational keynote address for the 
opening of the 12-hour Relay for Life, which took place on 
the Fredericksburg campus April 2 and 3. The idea behind 
the relay is that cancer never sleeps. Camping out for the 
duration of the event, each team has one representative 
walking or running around a track or path at all times. Teams 
seek support by offering donors the opportunity to honor or 
memorialize cancer victims. 

When Ruth transferred to UMW after his freshman year 
at Virginia Tech, he was stunned that Mary Washington 
did not host a Relay for Life. For him, the event at Tech had 
been "extremely powerful and moving." He contacted the 
American Cancer Society and set things in motion for Mary 
Washington to hold its first Relay for Life last year. 

"It was a simple email," said Robyn Barber, community 
manager for the American Cancer Society's South Atlantic 
Division. "And UMW blew it out of the water." Barber said, 
"The most amazing characteristic about the UMW Relay is 
the student leadership. The kids really know their school." 

Patricia Jackson, area executive director for the ACS, said 




her division can't stop bragging about the UMW students, 
who set such a high bar that the relay here is being used as a 
model for other schools. "The Mary Washington students are 
shining stars in Central Virginia." 

Because so many members of the Relay organizing 
committee, which started with a strategic plan last 
September, have lost parents to cancer or have parents 
undergoing cancer treatment, "it is very, very personal," 
Barber said. 

Ruth and Laura Allan '12 were this year's co-chairs. The 
2011 event exceeded all expectations; the $67,000 in pledges 
more than doubled the inaugural take. About 500 students, 
faculty, and community members participated. 

Senior Samantha Luffy, committee spirit chair, said, "We 
were able to work together to reach an awesome goal. Our 
participants were amazing!" 

Asper, one of her professors, caught Luffy's enthusiasm 
and went so far as to dye her hair purple, Relay for Life's 
theme color. Asper sported the colored 'do at the event and 
weeks before. 

"The really cool thing about the UMW Relay was that it is 
all student-initiated," Asper said. "It just goes to show this is a 
small school where you can do really big things." 

- Anna B. Billingsley 



40 Years Old and Still Hitting the High Notes 



The UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, formerly known as the 
University of Mary Washington-Community Symphony 
Orchestra, played up its 40th anniversary season with 
special performances in the fall and spring. 

A March concert featured a series of striking extras, 
including a pair of renowned guest conductors; the 
world premiere of a composition written specifically for 



the anniversary; a combination of works chosen for their 
difficult musical demands; and a unique number that had 
the orchestra singing to music made on water-filled glasses 
by members of the Philharmonic board of directors. 

A holiday performance in early December featured 
traditional yuletide melodies along with selections from 
Disney's 1940 classic Fantasia, accompanied by a big-screen 



UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 



Students Learn the 
Economics of Giving 

The greater Fredericksburg community is $10,000 richer 
thanks to the financial contribution of philanthropist Doris 
Buffett and the decisions of a class of UMW students. 

Members of a course called the Economics of 
Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector last fall awarded 
$4,100 to Habitat for Humanity-Middlesex, $2,500 to 
Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, and $3,400 to the 
Bragg Hill Family Life Center. 

The grants 
made by the 
class, now in 
its sixth year at 
UMW and taught 
by Professor 
of Economics 
Robert Rycroft, 
are funded by 
Buffett's private, 
family-run 
Sunshine Lady 
Foundation. 
Students 
are asked to 

review applications for cash assistance submitted by the 
community and apply the philanthropic principles they've 
learned in class. 

This time around, class members scrutinized 52 
applications. 

Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, formed 
the Sunshine Lady Foundation to provide aid for the 
disadvantaged, especially for families in crisis and for the 
working poor. She and Shin Fujiyama '07, co-founder of 
Students Helping Honduras, challenged the students in the 
class to pursue a career in philanthropy. 

"This is a magnificent opportunity to do something to 
give people a hand up and not a hand out," Buffett said. 




Shin Fujiyama '07, shown here with 
Doris Buffett, returned to campus to 
encourage students to pursue careers 
in philanthropy. 



Class Breathes Life Into 
Biology Major's 
Research 



Thanks to a course 
offered at UMW, 
senior biology major 
Thien Phan is 

conducting research 
with the potential 
to yield life-saving 
results. 

Three years ago, 
Mary Washington 
became one of the 
first schools in the 
country to offer 
the phage hunters 
course, a hands-on 




Thien Phan '11, right, reviews 
research findings with Biology 
Professor Lynn Lewis. 



biology class that asks students to isolate viruses known as 
bacteriophages, prepare DNA for sequencing, and make 
comparisons to other bacteria. 

Phan helps students in the class, which is designed for 
freshmen, and his work there provides a better perspective 
on his own research, which focuses on more intricate 
issues. 

His project, "Mycobacteriophage Genomics," developed 
out of his interest in bioinformatics, which employs 
computer technology in the study of molecular biology. 
Computer programs and UMW's advanced electron 
microscope help him conduct his research. 

The bacteriophage that Phan is studying, thanks to a 
research grant provided by UMW, is closely related to the 
one that causes tuberculosis, and he hopes his project will 
translate into an enhanced understanding of the disease 
and the bacterium that causes it. 

Phan planned to present the results of his research at the 
annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science in May. 



showing of the film in a decked-out Dodd Auditorium. 

In 1971, when the orchestra was formed by UMW 
music professor James Baker, it included 31 musicians. The 
ensemble now features 85 members and is directed by 
Kevin Bartram. 



Three maestros. Kevin Bartram, right, greets his two guest 

conductors at a special March concert in celebration of the 

orchestra's 40th anniversary. Left to right: Anthony Maeillo 

from George Mason University and Edward Dolbashian from 

the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bartram's alma mater. 




UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 



SPORTS 



Founding Soccer Coach Volleys to the Endline 

After 34 years at Mary Washington, Roy Gordon scores retirement goal 





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Coach Gordon 



One of the nation's 
most respected 
soccer coaches, 
UMW's Roy Gordon, 
announced his plans 
to retire at the end 
of this semester. 
Gordon, who 
has coached Mary 
Washington sports 
for more than three 
decades, leaves 
an indelible mark, 
having started 
the school's men's 
soccer team from 
scratch in 1977. In 
his enduring role 
as the only coach 
in the program's 
history, he has led 

the Eagles to success and netted a series of recognitions 

among soccer coaches. Though colleagues are pleased 

to welcome Gordon's successor, Jason Kilby from North 

Carolina Wesleyan College, saying goodbye to a campus 

icon has not been easy. 

"It is with much discomfort and pain that I announce 

that Roy will be retiring," said UMW Athletic Director 

Ed Hegmann. 

"After serving 

MWC and UMW 

with distinction, 

dedication, and 

loyalty for 34 years, 

he will be missed. 

He has been my left- 
handed 'right-hand- 
man' for all those 

years." 

After creating 

Mary Washington's 

soccer program, 

Gordon went on to 

capture 386 Eagle 

victories in the 

sport. Combining 

that record with the 





46 wins he gained as head coach at the University of Maine- 
Farmington, Gordon ranks among the elite in college soccer 
coaching and caps his career with a 432-253-53 record. In 
2007, he became one of just eight coaches in NCAA Division III 
history to achieve 400 wins. 

Gordon led the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament 
appearance in 1985 and since then has seen them through 
nine more, winning eight Capital Athletic Conference titles 
and achieving a cumulative 329-133-33 record for Mary 
Washington and an outstanding .698 winning percentage. 

He has been named CAC Coach of the Year eight times, 
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 
Regional Coach of the Year five times, and Virginia State 
College Division Coach of the Year four times. Gordon also 
was honored as CAC's Co-Coach of the Year in 2009. 

He served as the CAC men's soccer chairman from the 
league's inception in 1991 until 2000, and spent six years as 
the national convention program coordinator for the NSCAA 
before being elected to its executive committee. In 1999, he 
became the 50th president of the 25,000-member NSCAA, 
and, 10 years later, he received its prestigious Honor Award. 

Mary Washington men's tennis also owes its roots to 
Gordon, who started the program in 1978, winning 171 
matches in 22 years, claiming five CAC championships and 
four VITA state championships, and leading the Eagles to 
their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997. 

-Clint Often 




Left: Coach Roy Gordon juggles tennis balls in his office in 1978, 
shortly after he began his coaching career at Mary Washington. 

Above: Gordon, who started Mary Washington's men's soccer 
program in 1977, talks with Michael Nissim-Sabat, a member of 
the Eagles team. 



UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 



Jason Kilby Named UMW 
Men's Soccer Coach 

Jason Kilby has 
been named 
the new head 
men's soccer 
coach at the 
University 
of Mary 
Washington. 

"lam 
extremely 
excited about 
this new 
opportunity," 
said Kilby, 
who led men's 
soccer at 
North Carolina 
Wesleyan 

College, one of the region's top programs, for the past nine 
years. "Mary Washington has a great reputation as a great 
academic school with a top athletic program, and I am 
excited for this new challenge." 




Coach Kilby 



At NCWC, Kilby led the Battling Bishops to a 120-43-13 
overall record, with a 43-7-6 mark in USA South Conference 
play. His celebrated tenure at North Carolina Wesleyan 
included back-to-back undefeated USA South Conference 
championships in '04 and '05 and back-to-back undefeated 
regular seasons in '06 and '07. 

In 2008, Kilby led NCWC men's soccer to an impressive 
16-3-2 overall record, to a spot in the USA South 
Tournament championship, and to a third consecutive 
NCAA tournament appearance. His most successful season 
at the program's helm, however, came the previous year, 
when, in 2007, he turned in a program-best 18-2-0 record, 
an undefeated regular season, an appearance in the NCAA 
Sweet 16, and a No. 2 national ranking for most of the fall. 

"We're very excited to have Jason join our staff," said 
UMW Athletic Director Ed Hegmann. "Our players are 
equally excited. We look forward to his maintaining the 
high level of success that Roy [Gordon] has established over 
the past 30-plus years." 

Prior to his stint in North Carolina, Kilby spent four years 
as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Frostburg State 
University in Maryland. During that time, the school won 
the AMCC regular season championship each year and 
the AMCC tournament three times, and posted an overall 
men's soccer record of 56-25-1 . 

A native of Culpeper, Va., Kilby also has played 
professionally, for both the USL and the USISL, as well as for 
the Moseley Football Club in London. 

-Clint Often 



Swimmers Soak up 
Career Bests at NCAA 
Championships 

A small contingent from UMW enjoyed a big finish at 
the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in 

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the spring semester. 
Mary Washington's two 
representatives - Stephen 
Clendenin '11 and Billy 
Norfolk '12- landed 
the Eagles in 22nd place, 
claiming four All-America 
performances and six 
lifetime bests in the six 
events they swam. 

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overall in the 200-yard 
individual medley, setting 
a new school record of 
1:50.67. He took ninth in 
the 400-yard individual 
medley, eclipsing his 
former record by four 
seconds and finishing at 
3:57.90. Clendenin closed 
his outstanding college 
career with a ninth-place 
finish in the 200-yard 
backstroke, coming in at 1:47.89, nearly three seconds faster 
than his previous lifetime best. 

In his debut competition at the championships, Norfolk 
set three lifetime bests and gained All-America honors in 
the 200-yard butterfly, with a 1:49.75 finish that landed him 
in ninth place. Norfolk also claimed career best times with a 
top-20 finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a top-30 finish in 
the 500-yard freestyle. 




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- the University of Mary Washington was ready to get on board as the prime venue for an 
all-out celebration of the 50th anniversary of a crusade that not only opened the door to 
unfettered interstate travel but also put America on the path to equal rights for all. 

| By Neva S. Trenis 



This wasn't just any bus 
pulling into the University of 



The old bus lumbered up the hill behind 

Lee Hall, the first light of the frigid morning Mary Washington. This was 

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was peeling and its rims were rusted, but courage and risked their lives for 

justice. This was the reminder of 
the crowd on Ball Circle erupted in cheers at the long- how hundreds of Freedom Riders banded together a half- 
awaited sight. In response came three deep and dissonant century earlier to change America, 
notes from its aging horn. This was the bus that would carry the University's 



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semester-long commemoration of Professor James Farmer 
and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. 

After the bus arrived, Riders came. Four Freedom Riders 
in all visited the Mary Washington campus to reunite and 
reminisce. Their presence had a profound impact. 

Upon meeting the quartet of individuals who boarded a 
bus and transformed the course of history, UMW President 
Richard V. Hurley said, "I don't think 1 could feel more 
proud of the University of Mary Washington than I do at 
this moment." 



The University of Mary Washington chose a 1960s-era motor 
coach as the canvas on which to tell the story of the 1961 Freedom 
Rides, a long and dangerous campaign through the Deep South to 
secure equal access on interstate buses and in facilities. Here, the 
bus arrives on Ball Circle in the early morning of Feb. 4, 201 1 . 



Pride bubbled up during the many campus events tied to 
the Freedom Rides. And no sentiments could be stronger 
than those for one of Mary Washington's own, James Farmer, 
the brilliant man who was the strategist behind the Rides. 
He touched the lives of scores of UMW students with his 
lived-it-myself lectures on the civil rights movement. He 
and hundreds of others used Gandhian tactics to strike 
down Jim Crow laws in the South and bring equality to 
interstate travel. 

To tell the story of these courageous individuals, 
people from all areas of the University - academics and 
AV specialists, electricians and editors - banded together. 
They installed an exhibit around a bus, which was parked 
on Ball Circle, of archival images of the Riders and of the 
government officials and everyday people who threatened, 
beat, and bombed them. The bus bore the Riders' words and 
was surrounded by sounds of the songs they sang together 
to strengthen their resolve. 

Over the course of the semester, the University celebrated 
"the living daylights out of the Freedom Riders," as one of 
the speakers said. It brought in the foremost scholars on 
the Freedom Rides to share history through stories, facts, 
and photographs. It worked with PBS to host a preview 
screening of its American Experience film The Freedom 
Riders. It mounted academic courses around the Rides - 
studying the words spoken and every aspect of the successful 
campaign. Students filmed, photographed, and interviewed 
the four original Freedom Riders the University brought 
to campus as part of the commemoration. UMW invited 
the Fredericksburg community to hear from the Riders, 
and diverse people gathered from all corners. They were 
mesmerized by stories of fear, of being disowned by family, 
of clandestine prison diaries, and of being steeled by the 
deep voice of James Farmer. 

UMW asked two more Riders to speak at its 100th 
Commencement. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia left college 
in Nashville 50 years ago to get on the bus with Farmer 
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of California left Cornell University a month later, one oi 
hundreds ot reinforcements who flocked south in 1961. 
Lewis and Filner would come asking today's students, as 
other aging Riders did, "What is your cause. 7 What bus will 
you hoard today?" 

nam sam mu somb 

On Monday, Feb. 7, just three days after the bus rolled onto 
campus, it was ready to meet the public. The exhibit James 
Farmer and the Freedom Rides was about to open. 

Students handed out "Freedom Ride" buttons. 
University staff set up microphones, platforms, and chairs. 
Administrators dashed in and out of Lee Hall. Most wore 
sunshine yellow T-shirts that matched the huge banners 
that hung from the Lee Hall balcony. In bold black letters, 
they asked, "WILL YOU? GET ON THE BUS." 

By noon, a crowd of 600 packed the walkway in front of 
the exhibit. The mix of University and community onlookers 
included staff from all over the school, faculty from across 
disciplines, and lots of enthusiastic students. 

Senior Joe Calpin was struck by the diverse crowd and 
the growing anticipation and chatter. "Everyone was really 
excited," Calpin said. "Students were taking pictures with 
their cell phones. And it helped that it was a beautiful day." 



Just before noon, the crowd quieted as a lone woman's 
deep voice rolled along Campus Walk. 

"Buses are a-comin' oh yeah, buses are a-comin' oh yeah." 
The powerful song was one that Freedom Riders had sung 
in a Mississippi prison to fortify themselves and to remind 
prison guards that more Riders were on the way. 

The two most honored guests at UM W that day, Reginald 
Green and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, once sang the song 
in the Mississippi Delta's Parchman Farm prison, where they 
spent the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders were college 
students when they were arrested in Jackson, Miss. Standing 
before the LIMW crowd, Green and Mulholland held their 
50-year-old mug shots, their youthful faces mirrored in the 
college students who came to hear them. 

"It wasn't until the celebration started that I realized how 
much historical importance was attached to those people 
and to that bus," Calpin said. 

UMW Chief of Staff Martin A. Wilder Jr. welcomed 
the Freedom Riders. He introduced Eric Ethericige, author 
of Breaeh of Peace and an expert on the Rides. And he 
acknowledged American Experience project manager Lauren 
Prestileo, who worked on the PBS film Freedom Riders. 

Civil rights leader James Farmer, the architect of the 
Rides, was a distinguished professor of history and American 
studies at Mary Washington from 1985 until 1998, Wilder 




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said, the same year President Bill Clinton awarded Farmer 
the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

"We have a special appreciation for, and reverence of, 
the role Dr. James Farmer played in our nation's history," 
Wilder told the assembly. "For hundreds of Mary Washington 
students, Dr. Farmer's class was one of the most influential 
and memorable experiences of their undergraduate years." 

In recognizing Green and Mulholland, Wilder said that 
all Americans today are indebted to them. "The Freedom 
Rides demonstrate how a handful of committed individuals 
can literally change the course of history." 

UMW senior Charles Reed of Jersey City, N.J., echoed 
that appreciation. Reed said he didn't know much about 
James Farmer or the Freedom Rides before he came to 
Mary Washington four years earlier, but once on campus 
he wanted to learn more about the civil rights leader who 
"actually taught at UMW." 

Besides his major classes in business administration 
and accounting, Reed took intensive classes on Farmer, 
worked in the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and was 
a leader in the Black Student Association and Brothers of 
a New Direction. 

"Since I have been at UMW, it has been embedded in my 
soul and way of thinking that no one should feel oppressed 
because of what they may look like, who they may be friends 



with, or what they may believe in," Reed said. "No matter 
what race, nationality, or ethnicity, we all are members of 
the human race." 

Farmer has become one of Reed's heroes, and the Freedom 
Rides one of the most courageous stories he's ever heard. 
"The Freedom Riders stared death in the eye every time they 
got off the bus," he said. "The opportunities I have should 
not be taken for granted. I am inspired by their devotion 
and commitment, and I am indebted to them." 

So is Eric Etheridge. When the editor, photographer, and 
Mississippi native discovered the more than 300 mug shots of 
the 1961 Freedom Riders preserved by the Mississippi State 
Sovereignty Commission, he saw a picture of the emerging 
civil rights movement. He published 80 of the mugs beside 
the modern-day faces and stories of the Riders, including 
those of Green and Mulholland, in Breach of Peace. 

"The movement is much bigger than its leaders," Etheridge 
told a group gathered at UMW. "One of the things that I 
really love about the Freedom Riders is that most of them 
were just ordinary citizens who did an incredible and 
extraordinary thing." 

He told the history of the Rides and of many of the Riders 
photographed for his book. But mostly, he was eager to let 
Mulholland and Green share their stories. 

Mulholland grew up in the white world of Arlington, 






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pove: With a lot of help from across 
ampus, a committee of five got the 
us exhibit rolling, including, from 
ft, Courtney Chapman, Neva Trenis, 
lisabeth Sommer, and Maria Schultz. 
J Newell is not pictured. 

ight: Life-size images flanked the bus. 

revious page, clockwise: Visitors posed 
3r a shot in front of the bus on opening 
ay; a basketful of buttons; a student 
nswers the question, "Would you get 
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Va. The only African Americans she knew worked in her 
home - and she didn't even know they had last names. 
What led her to the civil rights movement was "growing 
up in Robert E. Lee's hometown," she said. 

She attended a Presbyterian church, where they talked 
about ideals such as "do unto others as you would have 
them do unto you" and "love your neighbor as yourself." 
They sang songs that said Jesus loves all children - red, 
yellow, black, and white. But, when the church doors shut 
after worship, Mulholland said, they left all that behind. 

"I could see that the lives we were leading were a 
contradiction to what we talked about on Sunday morning." 

She resolved that she would do everything she could, in 
keeping with her faith, to make the South the best place 
it could be for all of its people. As a freshman at Duke 
University, she joined picket lines and sit-ins in Durham, 
N.C. Duke kicked her out. 

She returned home, where she sought out activists at 
Howard University. Among her new friends was one of the 
original 13 Riders who set out with Farmer on May 4, 1961. 
A few days later, Mulholland was horrified to see images of 
smoke pouring from a f irebombeci bus in Anniston, Ala., in 
the morning newspaper. She packed her bags, took a plane 
to New Orleans, and headed into Jackson, Miss., knowing 
she would be arrested. 

Green, a Washington, D.C., native, was a student at 



the historically black Virginia Union College in Richmond 
when he heard about the firebombing in Anniston. He was 
a veteran of the movement, too, having participated in sit- 
ins at Richmond's White Tower Restaurant. 

Like Mulholland, he saw images of the burnt hull of the 
bus. He got a call from an older Virginia Union student, 
Charles Sherrod, who was looking for reinforcements for 
the original 1 3 Riders. 

Green, now a Baptist minister, recalled the words of the 
biblical James. "Faith without works is dead" he told the 
audience. So Green got to work. 

He and two classmates, in their best jackets and ties, 
boarded a Trailways bus at Ninth and Broad streets in 
Richmond and ended up in jail in Jackson, Miss., with 
James Farmer and 400 others. 

"As I look back on it," Green said, "it was the proudest 
moment of my life." 

Hearing the stories of Green and Mulholland carried 
Fredericksburg artist Johnny Johnson back to the great 
sacrifices people made for justice, many in his local 
community. A civil rights activist and the first African 
American to teach at Mary Washington, Johnson attended 
the opening of James Farmer and the Freedom Rides. He 
and Farmer were friends. They spoke often, and Farmer's 
students sought out Johnson as a living voice of the struggle 
for civil rights. 





Left: Joan Mulholland holds Breach of Peace open to her 1961 
Jackson, Miss., mug shot. 

Above: Mulholland, fellow-Rider Reginald Green, center, and the 
book's author, Eric Etheridge, attended the exhibit opening Feb. 
7 and spoke on campus that evening. 



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Putting the Movement on Wheels 



The Freedom Rides from start to finish: 



> The Freedom Rides were designed to test a 1960 

Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in public 
transportation terminals. According to James Farmer, 
the strategist behind the Rides, "Our intention was to 
provoke the Southern authorities into arresting us and 
thereby prod the Justice Department into enforcing the 
law of the land." 

y On May 4, 1961, a group of 13 racially mixed Riders 

boarded two commercial buses in Washington, D.C. They 
planned to arrive in New Orleans on May 17 to mark 
the day seven years earlier that the Supreme Court had 
outlawed public school segregation in Brown v. Board 
of Education. They meandered from Virginia to Georgia 
with few incidents. 

r On Mother's Day, May 14, 1961, just after church, 

one of the buses rolled into Anniston, Ala. Led by a 
local Ku Klux Klan leader, a mob - many still in their 
Sunday best - smashed bus glass with brass knuckles 
and battered its metal with crowbars. A firebomb flew 
through a shattered window, and the motor coach 
filled with acrid smoke. Frantic riders squeezed through 
broken windows and dropped to the ground. Others 
clawed and kicked at doors, but the rioters held them 
shut, screaming, "Burn them alive!" And worse. 

* Later that same day, the other bus was met 

in Birmingham by what the city's segregationist 
commissioner of public safety called a "welcoming 
committee." The Birmingham police chief told Klan 
leaders they could have their way with the Riders. 
"We're going to allow you 15 minutes," he said. "You can 
beat 'em, bomb 'em, maim 'em, kill 'em....There will be 
absolutely no arrests." 

> In Alabama, citizen vigilantes threatened, and civil 

unrest nearly consumed Birmingham and Montgomery. 
A young U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy 
negotiated round-the-clock with state officials. In the 
end, the federal government flew the nearly broken 
original Riders to New Orleans in what Kennedy called 
a "Freedom Plane." The nation and its president, Johj^^ 
F. Kennedy, breathed a sigh of relief, thinking thjg^mdes 
were over and the crisis had passed. 



r A student group in Nashville, Tenn., knew that 

if the Freedom Rides ended, it would prove to racist 
hate groups that violence could prevail. The Nashville 
students rode buses into the heart of the unrest, 
Birmingham, and on to Montgomery to continue the 
Freedom Rides. 

> In Alabama, the Nashville student Riders were met 

by rioting segregationists. The Freedom Riders holed up 
for days in Montgomery, and newspapers and television 
screens were awash with graphic pictures and accounts 
of riots and civil unrest in the Alabama capital. Attorney 
General Kennedy called in federal marshals. 

r As mob rule threatened to govern Montgomery, 

Attorney General Kennedy asked the Riders to consider 
a "cooling-off period" to restore peace. James Farmer 
responded: 

My objective is not just to make a point, but 
to bring about a real change in the situation. 
We will continue the Ride until people can 
sit wherever they wish on buses and use the 
facilities in any waiting room available to the 
public. . ..We have been cooling off for 350 years. 
If we cool off any more, we will be in a deep 
freeze. The Freedom Ride will go on. 

P- Inspired by Farmer's words and the courageous 

Nashville students, Riders of all races, religions, and ages 
got on buses. With a Mississippi prison as their certain 
destination, Riders from all walks of life and all parts of 
the country flocked to the Deep South. 

> During the summer of 1961, 436 Freedom Riders 

were incarcerated in isolation in the Mississippi Delta's 
maximum security Mississippi State Penitentiary, also 
known as Parchman Farm. 

y 

> On Nov. 1, 1961, the Interstate Commerce 

^^*Commission forced the removal of all "whites only" signs 
in any terminal serving interstate travelers. 

> The Civil Rights Act passed on July 2, 1964. 

Victory was achieved. 



Johnson remembers when the 
Fredericksburg City Council wouldn't 
permit the Virginia NAACP to meet at a 
local church; that changed when the group 
threatened to have their statewide meeting 
on the street in front of City Hall. 

While Farmer and the Freedom Riders 
traveled South, Johnson taught in segregated 
Fredericksburg schools and welcomed 
students from Prince Edward County, Va., 
where the schools were shut down rather 
than integrated. 

Johnson was impressed by Mary 
Washington's efforts to get Farmer 
the recognition he deserves. "I'm very 
sentimental, and I had a few tears as I 
listened and reminisced," he said. "It was 
deeply moving to me; I was kind of high 
the rest of the day. It felt very good." 

While Freedom Riders were walking into 
segregated bus stations, Fredericksburg's 
Gaye Adegbalola and other young black 
people were sitting at a Fredericksburg lunch 
counter with whites gathered behind them 
waving Confederate flags, hurling racial 
epithets, and spitting. 

At the exhibit opening, Green and 
Mulholland were "radiant," she said. "I just 
yelled, 'Thank you! Thank you!'" 

Adegbalola, a blues musician and retired 
Fredericksburg teacher, was moved that 
Mulholland, a young white woman, "went 
out looking for activism and really put her 
life on the line." 

The exhibit was more of a living history 
than anyone could find in a textbook - 
something priceless in education, Adegbalola 
said. "If you give them the feeling of what 
it was like to be in the experience - that 
teaches so much." 

Adegbalola returned to the bus many 
times, but at night - with the photos bathed 
in the soft glow of exhibit lights, and with 





Top to bottom: 
When Fredericksburg's Gaye 
Adegbalola saw the Freedom 
Riders, she cried, "Thank you! 
Thank you!" 

Cade Sparks backs the bus onto 
Ball Circle. 

Two years ago, Multicultural 
Center Assistant Director 
Courtney Chapman dreamed of 
a bus on campus to celebrate the 
Rides. When the bus arrived Feb. 
4, she squealed, "I feel like a kid, 
and I got a bus for Christmas!" 



the subtle music playing - she found it even 
more powerful. 

"Sometimes you just need to see the 
images to reaffirm what my people did with 
the help of good white allies. To have that 
exhibit just really was a way to drive that 
point home - to see just how much gain 
there has been since I was a kid. Another 
thing that was moving was to see all the 
mug shots of the Freedom Riders; they 
were college students. I am sure for students 
up there [at UMWj, it was like looking at 
themselves." 

For senior Joe Calpin, the images 
transformed the Riders from history book 
characters to real people - who probably 
pondered the same issues he does. 

Photos in the exhibit of two Mary 
Washington students made him consider 
his role today. The two slim dark-haired 
women seem to stand side by side. But 
one student, photographed in 1961, is in 
black and white; the other, a recent image, 
is in color. Beside them are the words, "Be 
it 1961 or 2011: WOULD YOU GET ON 
THE BUS?" 

"It is as if the exhibit gives the Rides 
this pressing relevance: There are buses 
to ride today," Calpin said. "Seeing the 
pictures of Freedom Riders when they were 
our age, and seeing Rev. Green and Joan 
Mulholland today, you get a sense of what 
one can accomplish in a lifetime. It makes 
you think of how fast time goes, how much 
you can do in a lifetime, and also just how 
much change you can accomplish in one 
generation." 

With the anniversary of the Freedom 
Rides on the horizon last year, President 
Hurley wanted the University to be the 



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epicenter of spreading the word about 
how Farmer and the Riders made and 
changed history. 

"We were honored with James 
Farmer's presence on this campus for 
more than 10 years, and what he did 
in being a leader in the nation's civil 
rights movement deserves recognition 
at the highest level," Hurley said. 

With the green light from the 
president, Chief of Staff Wilder 
assembled a group from across 
disciplines and throughout campus 
to plan a semester's worth of events, 
including classes, seminars, and 
speakers. Wilder needed "doers," he 
said, so he called Courtney Chapman, 
assistant director of the James Farmer 
Multicultural Center, who brought 
boundless enthusiasm and a big idea - 
bring a 1960s-era bus to campus. 

You can't miss a "big ol' bus," Chapman said, and 
everybody has ridden them. "Most of the UMW students 
rode a bus to school every day when they were kids; they 
ride the bus to Wal-Mart. Yet they have no idea what buses 
symbolize in U.S. history. The fact is that two friends could 
not sit on the bus together because the color of their skin 
was different." 

By illustrating the Freedom Rides against the backdrop 
of something so familiar and with such visual impact, 
Chapman said, UMW could tell the story of how the U.S. 
has progressed from mandated segregation to a nation 
where everybody can get on a bus, sit where they want, and 
accompany whom they please. 

But you can't just order up a vintage bus - Chapman 
even trawled Craigslist and eBay to find one. Fall semester 
began with just five months until the exhibit was to open, 
and UMW still was without its wheels. Then, in September, 
Wilder was heading home from the groundbreaking for 
the new UMW Dahlgren campus. As he drove through 
rural King George County, he spied it! Off in the woods, 
nestled among computer parts, discarded furniture, and 
other treasures, was a beautiful 40-foot bus. 




During installation, workers used Maria Schultz's exhibit design as a road map. Above, 
a scale model of the exhibit balances on a wheel barrow heaped full of Ball Circle soil. 



Enter Cade Sparks, owner of the "Big Mac," once the 
private touring coach of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. 
Wilder braved the barking of a dog and knocked persistently 
on Sparks' door. Wilder was shocked to find that Sparks was 
not only willing to team up to celebrate the Freedom Rides, 
but that he already had them on his mind. Sparks' friend, 
the curator of the Greyhound bus museum in Hibbing, 
Minn., had approached the bus aficionado about working 
with him to commemorate their 50th anniversary. 

Sparks got on board with the UMW project almost 
immediately, with one caveat regarding the aging "Big Mac." 
"What you see is what you get," he told Wilder. 

With the bus under contract to UMW, Wilder assembled 
a group to plan an outdoor exhibition with the bus as its 
backbone. Five people from among University Design and 
Editorial Services, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, 
and the Department of Historic Preservation were assigned 
to get the exhibit rolling. 

Elisabeth Sommer, a museum specialist and a visiting 
professor of museum studies, guided the group to articulate 
the one idea it most wanted to convey - the Freedom Rides 
of the early 1960s were a powerful example of student action for 
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE - SPRING 2011 



Lessons from the Rides 



Since January, UMW has made local, state, and national 
headlines for visits by Freedom Riders and top scholars of the 
civil rights movement and for exhibits such as James Farmer 
and the Freedom Rides, which was built around an aging bus. 

In classrooms, the celebration has been academic - and 
just as enthusiastic. 

Semester-long classes Were devoted to James Farmer and 
the Freedom Rides. Elisabeth Sommer, visiting professor of 
historic preservation, led her Museum Interpretation and 
Exhibit Design Lab students in creating the exhibit Down 
Freedom's Main Line in the lobby of Dodd Auditorium. They 
installed much of it before the March 30 screening of the 
PBS movie Freedom Riders. "I'm extremely proud of what the 
students accomplished in a short amount of time," Sommer 
said. "It was an extraordinary feat of teamwork and creativity." 

Ray Arsenault, a foremost Freedom Rides scholar and 
professor of Southern history at the University of South 
Florida, was so impressed by the exhibit that he invited the 
professor and her students to the PBS gala in honor of the 
Freedom Riders at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 

Faculty from the Department of English, Linguistics, and 
Communication, Anand Rao and Tim O'Donnell, coordinated 
two classes around the commemoration. Students in Rao's 
Documenting Social Movements class learned the story 
of the 1961 campaign and explored the role of media - old 
and new - in social change. O'Donnell's Freedom Riders 
course focused on applying the lessons of the Rides to 
contemporary circumstances by asking students to answer 
the question, "What would you get on the bus for today?" 

Together, the classes worked to capture and document 
the sights and sounds of the semester-long commemoration 
in addition to creating an online archive of student- 
generated content inspired by its themes. 

University-wide, plans are also under way for an annual 
first-year seminar beginning next fall - James Farmer and 
the Struggle for Civil Rights. With seven faculty members 



from across disciplines teaching 
sections of the class, many UMW 
freshmen will start their college 
careers with a deep knowledge 
of the civil rights leader who once 
taught at their school. 

Colin Rafferty of the English 
department taught a first-year 
seminar on Farmer's legacy this 
spring; in American studies, Jess 
Rigelhaupt and his students 
studied the Freedom Rides in the 
context of events of the 1 960s. 
UMW also has established a 
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civil 
Rights and Social Justice. 

To round out the semester 



PBS chose Charles Reed U to 
be on board the 2011 Freedom 
Ride, which is retracing the 
1961 route. Reed is the only 
Virginia college student 
invited to ride. 



and the celebration, two Freedom 

Riders were scheduled to deliver Commencement addresses 
on campus: U.S. Rep. Bob Filner of California at the graduate 
commencement ceremony and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of 
Georgia at the undergraduate ceremony. They will be at 
Mary Washington nearly 50 years to the day after the first 13 
Freedom Riders, including Lewis and James Farmer, boarded 
buses from Washington, D.C, for New Orleans. 

The last UMW tribute of the semester to the Freedom 
Riders was set for Sunday, May 8. PBS American Experience is 
retracing the route of the first Ride with a bus full of original 
Riders and modern-day students, including UMW senior 
Charles Reed. The 2011 Freedom Ride leaves D.C. that 
morning. Its first stop will honor the-rffan who started it all - 
James Farmer - at his memorj^fjn Campus Walk. 

- Neva S. Trenis 

For more information on UMW's celebration of the Freedom 
Rides, ao to freedomrides.umw.edu. 



Research began on everything from accurate information 
about the first Rides, to how to acquire photos, how to 
design an exhibit around a bus, how to make panels hold 
up through the harshest winter months, what to do to get 
the word out about the exhibit, and a whole lot more. 

It fell to UMW designer Maria Schultz to figure out how 
to tell a story on a bus exterior. On the motor coach and on 
the two 8-by-40-foot panels that flanked it, Schultz carefully 
arranged photos, quotes from Riders, and narrative about 



what happened. She became overwhelmed as she studied 
images of bloodied passengers and hate-filled faces, and 
as she read the words of Southern officials who failed to 
protect those they labeled "agitators." 

Schultz was born 20 years after the Freedom Rides, and 
the story of the long, hard struggle was new to her. "I just 
couldn't believe all this happened in our history and I didn't 
even know about it," she said. 

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windows. She watched as electricians and AV specialists 
wired for light and sound. And one cold February day, she 
worked alongside carpenters from sunup to sundown as 
they built the exhibit on Campus Walk. 

Schultz loved the work; it made her proud to see how 
the University community got behind the exhibit. Painters, 
gardeners, professors, librarians, campus police officers, 
students, housekeepers, and everyone who was asked to 
help gave it their all. 

"Everybody I worked with got on our bus," she said. 

That included owner Cade Sparks. After he delivered 
the bus to a Spotsylvania County garage, he stayed as the 
images went on the windows. In the quiet, he contemplated 
the horrible scenes, knowing the most graphic photos never 
made it to the morning papers. Mobs beat photojournalists 
and destroyed their cameras. 

"It was very powerful for me," he said. 

The next morning, Sparks drove the bus, with those 
images in the windows, to campus. On the highway, he 
said, in car after car, people were looking at the pictures, 
pointing, talking to one another, trying to figure out what 
the bus was about. 



As he turned onto Sunken Road by the University, he 
got a surprise. "I just got this big smile on my face," he said. 
The sidewalk was lined with dozens of people. "For lack of a 
better word, it was humbling. I was driving along, and every 
construction worker, every student, every person on the side 
of the road who had a cell phone was snapping pictures of 
the bus. To be a part of that gives you a very warm feeling." 

lWw ielw sstws 

For some Riders, Mary Washington's March 30 screening 
of the American Experience film Freedom Riders was a 
reunion. Freedom Rider Charles Person, then a Morehouse 
College freshman, left D.C. with James Farmer on the first 
bus in May 1961. So did ]et magazine reporter Simeon 
Booker and photographer Ted Gaffney. 

On the Ride from Atlanta to Birmingham, Klansmen 
seized the bus as the journalists looked on. They beat Person 
unconscious and, at the Birmingham, Ala., station, delivered 
him to a crowd wielding iron pipes, bats, and brass knuckles. 

Booker knew what Southern racists were capable of. He 
had covered the 1955 trial of two white men for beating 




Left: Charles Person, top, was 18 and the youngest Freedom 
Rider to leave D.C. with James Farmer in 1961. Theodore Gaffney, 
bottom, was Jet magazine's embedded photographer on the bus 
and saw Person beaten by Klansmen. Here Gaffney stands by a 
photo of himself, Riders, and Jet reporter Simeon Booker in the 
student exhibit Down Freedom's Main Line. Person, Gaffney, and 
Booker attended the UMW March 30 screening of the PBS film 
Freedom Riders. Bottom: Lindsay Hansome '12 reacts to a difficult 
scene from the film in Dodd Auditorium. 




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14-year-old Emmitt Till to death; they said the boy had 
whistled at a white woman. But the 1961 Alabama Ride 
"was a frightening experience, the worst encountered in 
almost 20 years of journalism," Booker wrote for Jet after 
the harrowing trip. 

In that same June 1961 jet article, Booker described 
how the driver and local Klansmen colluded to enforce 
the "blacks in the back" rule of the South. The fresh-faced 
Person sat near the front of the bus. "Without a word of 
warning, a fist crashed against the head of Charles Person," 
Booker wrote. 

Person, now 68, still finds it difficult to talk about the 
Freedom Ride. When he came to Mary Washington and 
saw Booker and Gaffney for the first time since he was 18, 
words failed again. He wept. 

The surroundings that evening of the film premiere added 
to the poignancy of the reunion. A historic preservation 
class had created an exhibit, Down Freedoms Main Line, 
in the Dodd Auditorium foyer. Before the film screening, 
visiting Freedom Riders were surrounded by mementos 
there, including 1961 photos, some shot by Gaffney. 

Buttons from the civil rights movement were on display, 
including CORE and Freedom Rider buttons. Above a life- 
size photo of Riders waiting at the Birmingham station hung 
an authentic, battered wooden "whites only" sign. A June 1, 
1961, edition of Jet was open to Booker's first-person piece 
recounting the violent Atlanta-to-Birmingham journey. 

Person and his wife had traveled to UMW from their 
home in Atlanta for the screening of Freedom Riders; 
Catherine Burks-Brooks had come from Birmingham; 
Green and Mulholland had made their return to UMW 
from Washington, D.C. All came at the request of Raymond 
Arsenault, a historian and author they had come to know 
well through hours of interviews about the Rides. Arsenault 
wrote Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Freedom, 
on which the film they were about to view was based. 

Dodd Auditorium was full that March night as today's 
students looked across the room at aging versions of 
themselves. The very Freedom Riders UMW students had 
seen in black-and-white archival photos came to life in front 
of them - now with gray hair, weathered faces, and slower 
movements - but with strong and steady voices that told 
of risking their lives to make America rise to its promise 



of liberty and justice for all. When the four Riders were 
introduced, the enthusiastic crowd rose to its feet with 
thundering appreciation. 

As the film Freedom Riders rolled, the audience met the 
Riders in their youth. Footage of students in their Sunday 
best boarding a Greyhound to face the unknown was 
followed by images of hate-filled mobs and burning buses. 
Interviews included eyewitness accounts of segregationists 
colluding with officials - they planned to breathe new life 
into Jim Crow by nearly murdering Freedom Riders. 

During the darker scenes, some viewers shook their 
heads in disbelief; others averted their eyes. At the front 
of the auditorium, a Rider's tears reflected thin streams of 
light from the screen. 

But when the soul-steadying songs the Riders had sung 
in prison rang through the auditorium, all the Freedom 
Riders joined in full voice. 

"We shall not, we shall not he moved! We shall not, we shall 
not he moved." 

When the final credits rolled, the audience again sprang 
to its feet, this time for the powerful story, and still more 
for the heroes who found the power to better America. 

Just a day after the screening of Freedom Riders, its writer, 
author Ray Arsenault, returned to Dodd Auditorium as 
part of the popular UMW Great Lives lecture series. All of 
the 436 brave individuals who made their way through the 
South in 1961 were "great lives," Arsenault told the audience. 

While the American civil rights movement might have 
appeared to have been orchestrated by charismatic orators 
in suits and ties, the key element of the Freedom Ride 
movement was its individuals. 

"The power of the foot soldiers - the bonding of people 
who put their lives on the line - is the power of this 
movement," the foremost historian of the Freedom Rides said. 

Arsenault, a professor of Southern history at the 
University of South Florida, told the crowd in Dodd about 
many of them. He told about the blind 44-year-old white 
housewife from Rochester, N.Y., whose husband read her 



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the paper each morning. After reading to her the account 
of the Anniston firebombing, despite all odds, she got on 
a bus. Another was an Indonesian exchange student who 
got on the bus only to have the Jackson police puzzle over 
whether he was white or black - it mattered deeply to officials 
in the racially segregated prison. 

Arsenault also talked about theology student William 
Barbee, a "gentle soul" who rode the bus only to have his 
head held tight beneath a Klansman's boot as another drcwe 
a pipe through his ear. Barbee survived but never recovered. 
Committed to nonviolence, he wouldn't sign the warrant for 
the arrest of two KKK members, though they were widely 
witnessed as the perpetrators of Barbee's injuries. No one 
man, Barbee said, should be held responsible for the Jim 
Crow system of the South. 

"That is the truest expression of the ethic of love and 
redemption - these were people who were looking for the 
beloved community," Arsenault said. "The Freedom Rides 
tell story after story of great lives, stories of triumph, but 
also of incredible sacrifice." 

Arsenault characterized the Freedom Riders as individuals 
who had "no right" to think they could change society - they 
were young, they had little money, and movement elders 
told them they were crazy, or worse, that they would set 
back "the cause." 




Birmingham native Catherine Burks-Brooks, left, was one of four 
Freedom Riders who spoke in Dodd Auditorium on March 31. 
One very late night in 1961, she recalled, notorious Birmingham 
police commissioner Bull Connor delivered Burks-Brooks and 
other Riders from jail to the Tennessee state line, and he told 
them not to return. "I told my friend, Bull, we'd be back in 
Birmingham by high noon." Here, she is part of a panel that 
included fellow Rider Reginald Green. 




Ray Arsenault wrote The Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle 
for RacialJustice. He visited campus for the screening of the 
American Experience film based on his book and to deliver 
a Great Lives lecture. When Arsenault stopped on Campus 
Walk to photograph the James Farmer memorial, he caught a 
photographer's eye. 

"Can't you wait? Can't you be patient? Do you really have 
to have freedom nowl" Arsenault mimicked parents asking. 
"Their answer was, 'YES!'" Arsenault told the audience. 
"There was a truth-telling power to their lives - 436 stories 
of courage and commitment." 

With that, Arsenault introduced the people who had 
lived great lives - Freedom Riders Charles Person, Catherine 
Burks-Brooks, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, and Reginald 
Green. For a second night, they were greeted with resounding 
applause as the crowd in Dodd Auditorium rose to its feet. 

Burks-Brooks was among the Riders who provided 
backup from Nashville after the first attacks at Montgomery 
and Birmingham. The Tennessee State senior, like most of 
the student Riders, missed final exams for the cause. At 
UMW, she recalled how Birmingham's storied Bull Connor, 
commissioner of public safety, piled her and other Riders 
from the Birmingham jail into police cars under cover of 
night. With no idea where they were headed, the spunky 
21-year-old bantered with the segregationist, even inviting 
him to have breakfast with the group. 

When they got to the Alabama/Tennessee state line 
a couple of hours before dawn, Connor told her, "This is 
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set on home and save themselves a whole lot of trouble. 

Burks-Brooks, then a big fan of Westerns, shot from the 
hip. "I told my friend, Bull, we'd be back in Birmingham 
by high noon." 

As a child Burks-Brooks thought something was wrong 
with the way African Americans were treated in her 
hometown of Birmingham. By fifth grade or so she knew 
something was wrong, so she started speaking - and acting 

- up. "Something was wrong," she said. "And I thought 
everyone should know about it." 

Once, on the way home from high school, she threw the 
"colored only" sign out the window of a city bus. She trained 
in nonviolence and participated in sit-ins before she became a 
Freedom Rider. She said that all along - despite their youth 

- she and others were thinking of making things better, not 
just for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren. 

Arsenault asked Burks-Brooks what her parents thought 
of her ways. "My mother used to tell people, 'Well, you all 
know she came out feet first.' And I have been just kicking 
all the time since." 

Rider Charles Person grew up on the campus of 
Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he was involved in 
boycotts and civil rights action. An exceptionally gifted 
math and science student, he had been accepted at MIT, 
but Georgia Tech turned the promising youngster down 
for one reason - his skin color. Person was only 18 when 
he heeded CORE's call for Freedom Riders. 

He headed to Washington, D.C., and trained with 
CORE's original Riders, who included James Farmer. The 
night before the first Ride departed, the adults went out 
for Chinese food, he recalled. But Person, the youngest 
Freedom Rider, drank water and ate pumpernickel bread 
alone in the CORE office. 

"Because they were going to serve 'adult beverages,' " he said. 

The student of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and 
James Farmer was raised to avoid violence. Though he came 
from a line of hunters, he and his brothers were trained to 
handle guns but were cautioned not to carry them - or even 
pen knives - as many boys did. Any weapon would invite 
retaliation, Person's father warned his sons. 

But Person said neither his training nor his upbringing 
prepared him for what he and others experienced on the 
Freedom Rides. 



"We had no idea of the things that awaited us in Anniston 
and Birmingham," he said. 

Being raised in a culture of civility, Person didn't believe 
an adult man would beat up a "kid" or a woman, he said. He 
was ready to have things thrown at him, to have cigarettes 
extinguished on his skin, and even to be spat upon. But he 
wasn't prepared for faces that betrayed hearts filled deep 
with hate. 

"What does it take to make someone hate someone they've 
never even seen before?" he pondered, as he has done for 50 
years. "How could our just being there bring out these kinds 
of emotions? That is what I don't understand." 

Though Person's face has aged from the boy in the Freedom 
Ride photos, there is still something young about it - a look 
of slight vulnerability and deep kindness. Person didn't only 
study nonviolence; he chose it as a way of life and even stuck 
to those principles when he served the U.S. in Southeast Asia. 

"I was a better Marine because of the movement," Person 
told the crowd at Dodd Auditorium. "If it hadn't been for 
that experience, I don't know if I would have survived 
Vietnam. I was cool. Nothing rattled me." 

Arsenault, who was invited along with all living Freedom 
Riders to appear May 4 on television's Oprah Show, said 
that these courageous individuals "have been forgotten for 
decades." On the 50th anniversary, he's glad they're being 
remembered in such a big way. 

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In the two months James Farmer and the Freedom Rides was 
on Ball Circle, it was visited by church and school groups, 
by families, by out-of-towners, by UMW applicants and 
their parents, and by the Mary Washington students who 
passed the bus each day. 

Like President Hurley, many in the UMW community 
said they were "moved by the message and the beauty" of 
the old bus. 

What Farmer and the Freedom Riders did so all could 
enjoy more equality today, Hurley said, is worthy of an 
unprecedented celebration. "And I also think it is important 
for today's students to understand the courage young students 
had back then because they believed so strongly in the cause 
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But the original Freedom Riders who came to UMW 
during the celebration brought more than stories of the 
past. They brought challenges for the future. 

In 1961, Joan Mulholland had no intention of participating 
in the Freedom Rides, but "when the occasion presents itself, 
one has to act," she said. Then a teenager, Mulholland 
had ribbed her friend Hank Thomas about leaving for 
a "vacation" down South when he joined the very first 
Freedom Ride. But when she saw the image of Thomas 
choking and beaten beside the bus in Anniston, she knew 
her occasion had arrived. 

"In keeping with Gandhi's teaching, if one person fell 
by the wayside and couldn't continue, the next person 
stepped up to take his place," Mulholland said. "I was there. 

"Us old gray hairs are sort of past our prime, perhaps, but 
to the students, I say, you have to seize your moment. What 
we hope is that by knowing what we did, you will have the 



inspiration and the knowledge to move forward in a new 
direction, whether it be right here or on the streets of Cairo." 

Green told UMW students that he and other college-aged 
Riders who spent the summer in the maximum security 
state penitentiary became James Farmer's students. "I 
remember him singing in Parchman, 'Which side are you 
on, boys? Which side are you on?' with that big, deep voice." 

The young Freedom Riders changed America, Green 
said, and today there is still more to be done. "Now is 
the challenge from all of us," he told the crowd at Mary 
Washington. "Young people, college students, find some 
project, some issue that you are passionate about. Maybe 
it's hunger. Maybe it's ecology. Maybe it's education. Maybe 
it's about all that." 

Find something, Green implored. "We've come too far 
to turn back now." m 



WAITING ROOM 

WHITE INTRASTATE 




Reporter Simeon Booker, left, covered the original Freedom Ride for Jet magazine. He and Rider Reginald Green sit before a life-size 
image of the Birmingham Greyhound station waiting room. The archival image is part of Down Freedom's Main Line, the student-created 
exhibit that also featured Booker's original June 1961 Jet magazine article about the brutal Ride through Alabama. The sign above the 
photo is authentic, purchased by students on eBay. 



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Survey Says . 

New questionnaire asks what your 
university has done for you and what 
you can do for your university 



By Lisa Chinn '92 










Fifty-one years have passed since 
Betty Ditmars Prosser '60 graduated 
from Mary Washington, but the 
gratitude she feels toward her alma 
mater remains so strong that she was 
moved to put it into words. 



"Mary Washington was a beginning that introduced us to 
our future and hopefully prepared us for it," she wrote in her 
Class Notes entry in the back of this issue. "We are who we 
are because of those years. A toast to Mary Washington . . . 
and cheers to the dedicated professors and staff who nurtured 
our dreams and made us a 'family' away from home." 

Now the University of Mary Washington would like 
to translate such prose into a poll. A new comprehensive 
alumni survey, designed to streamline the way the University 
collects information about its graduates, aims to make the 



UMW experience even more meaningful 
for future students. 

Fifteen minutes of time is all that's being 
asked of survey recipients. Administrators, 
who spent months laboriously customizing 
the questionnaire to fit Mary Washington's 
needs, ask everyone, please, to participate. 
"As an alumnus, if you have received 
a good education from this institution, 
wouldn't you want that to be continued 
from generation to generation?" said Taiwo Ande, assistant 
provost for institutional analysis and effectiveness. "Alumni 
have a very vital role in the development of this University." 
As UMW President Richard V. Hurley began embracing 
an important part of his job - publicly promoting the school, 
its instructors, and its students - one obstacle kept popping 
up. Despite surveys regularly sent to alumni by an array of 
departments, including University Relations, Career Services, 
and the administrative offices of individual disciplines, a 



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Assistant Provost for Institutional 
Analysis and Effectiveness Taiwo 
Ande hopes all Mary Washington 
alumni will complete the first 
comprehensive survey of UMW grads. 



standardized collection of information about graduates was 
missing. 

"The right hand was not necessarily telling the left 
hand what it had been doing," Ande said. 

At Hurley's request, 
Chief of Staff Martin 
A. Wilder Jr. formed 
a group of college 
officials to address 
the dilemma. The 
committee, made up 
of key members of 
Mary Washington's 
faculty and staff, 
first met last August. 
They scoured alumni 
surveys distributed by 
other schools, like the 
University of Virginia, 
the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia College. They 
meticulously whittled away at 17 pages of questions, sculpting 
two slightly different surveys - one for recent graduates and 
another for those who finished five years ago or more - that 
are tailor-made for Mary Washington. 

"We went through five, six, seven levels of scrutiny before 
we finally came up with the instrument we feel we need 
to garner general information," said Ande, whose office is 
responsible for analyzing the data collected. "At the end, we 
are hoping we'll have a very clear picture of our graduates." 
What will be revealed are the answers to questions 
regularly posed to Hurley and other school administrators: 

• how many students go on to graduate school? 

• what professions do graduates choose? 

• how much money do they earn? 

• in what ways has their Mary Washington education 
enhanced their careers? 

But the survey delves deeper. It also seeks to expose the 
more sentimental side of the Mary Washington experience. If 
they had to do it over again, for example, would grads choose 
to attend UMW? Are they still in touch with college friends? 
How often have they visited campus since graduation? 

"Mary Washington alumni often describe a feeling of 



instant connection and friendship upon encountering 
a fellow graduate in their everyday lives," said Alumni 
Association President Derek M. Bottcher '96. "This 
survey presents an opportunity for alumni to help UMW 
understand our unbreakable bond with the University 
itself, and with one another." 

Officials hope to complete their analysis of this spring's 
initial questionnaire before the start of the fall semester. 
After that, they will conduct subsequent surveys in regular 
intervals to keep the database fresh. 

"I look forward to citing this information in speeches 
to prospective students and their parents, when talking to 
alumni to build pride in and support for their alma mater, 
and with legislators and other state officials," Hurley said 
in a recent message to UMW faculty and staff. 

Because this is the University's first truly comprehensive 
alumni questionnaire, officials are hoping for an optimum 
response rate. 

The current economic climate, Ande said, makes 
participation even more vital. With the University receiving 
fewer government dollars, he said, it's up to students, alumni, 
faculty, and staff to explore alternate ways of moving Mary 
Washington forward. The new questionnaire can help 
because the data it collects will allow administrators to 
tout the achievements of alumni, enhance the University's 
stature and visibility, and measure the effectiveness of 
various departments. 

"We know that our alumni do great things. We know 
that they are highly valued by employers. We know that 
they get into some of the top grad schools in the nation. 
We know that they have very meaningful careers and 
valuable lives," Wilder said. "We need to document - and 
celebrate - all that information." m. 



Make sure your 
voice is heard... 

If you have not already completed a survey in 
response to an email request, please: 

1. Go to www.umw.edu/alumni/survey. 

2. Select the appropriate survey based on your 
year of graduation. 



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The Dismemberment Plan, featuring members, from left to 
right, Eric Axelson '94, Joe Easley, Jason Caddeli '93, and 
Travis Morrison, got its start when Axelson and Caddeli 
met as college students on the University of Mary 
Washington campus. 




The Mary Washington guys had more 
than their music wrapped up in the 
boxes delivered to campus back in 1993* 



They'd taken precious time away from their studies to record 
a sampling of songs, invested hard-to-come-by cash to form a 
start-up label, and ordered their tunes pressed onto a thousand 
7-inch records. But, as Mike Charnoff '95 ripped into the 
packages and peered inside, he was dumbfounded. The debut 
records - the ones he'd requested in red-and-white-marbled 
vinyl - had come out . . . pink. 

"Considering the catastrophic failure we felt at the time the 



boxes were opened, they have become 
quite a thing, those pink 7-inchers," 
Philip Stoneman '95 said of the now- 
coveted bubblegum-colored records The 
Dismemberment Plan cut in college. 
The band, which has enjoyed a high-profile resurgence 
with a recent string of sold-out reunion shows, would spew 
its elusive style and boundless energy across the Mary 
Washington campus - and the world - for the next 10 
years. They would tour with Pearl Jam, co-headline with 
Death Cab for Cutie, and release four albums before finally 
calling it quits in 2003 and leaving faithful fans hungry for 
more. Lessons learned and friendships formed in college set 



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the stage for The Dismemberment Plan's success - even if 
classmates back then weren't sure what to make of the music. 

"Mary Washington, in 1993, was still pretty conservative, 
and our music was kind of outrageous. We did not sound 
like anything else on campus at that point," said bassist 
Eric Axelson '94, who describes The Plan's style as "like 
the Talking Heads but on a lot of coffee." 

Axelson, now 39, had been 
at college just days when he met 
Jason Caddell '93 on the steps of 
Westmoreland Hall. In addition to 
a love for the guitar, the two shared 
similar tastes in music, and they 
soon formed a punk-rock band with 
an ironically collegiate name, the 
Board of Visitors. 

"We toured major locations like 
Virginia Hall," Caddell, also 39, said 
of the short-lived group. 

But the two stumbled across 
something far more enduring when 
they teamed up with Axelson's high 
school friends - frontman Travis 
Morrison, who was at the College 
of William and Mary, and drummer 
Steve Cummings, who went to VCU 
- to create The Dismemberment Plan. 

Formed on New Year's Day, 1993, 
the band got its name from a line in 
the movie Groundhog Day, when Bill 
Murray's character runs into an old 
friend who'd sold him insurance "with the optional death and 
dismemberment plan." There was talk early on of changing 
the macabre moniker to something shorter, catchier, and a 
little less gory, but in the end "it just stuck," Morrison told 
the worldwide concert publication Pollstar. 

Morrison wrote the songs, and the group often practiced 
in the Fredericksburg basement of Lisa Biever '96. They 
hit the local music scene hard, hauling their high-energy 
shows to Mary Washington's Underground, Eagle's Nest, and 
Great Hall; to off-campus parties and downtown venues like 
Sammy T's; and even to Washington, D.C., hot spots like 
the Black Cat and the 9:30 Club. 



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CAN WE BE MATURE 

WOULDN'T YOU UKE TQ KNOW 

33.3RPM 

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN 




Mike Charnoff '95, Jason Chipman '95, and 
Brian Hollingsworth formed Alcove Records 
specifically to put out The Dismemberment 
Plan's first record. The red and white vinyl 
they requested accidentally turned out pink, 
but decades later, the record's quirky color 
has made it a hot commodity. 



"Their songs were kind of like miniature explosions," said 
Stoneman, who booked most of the band's UMW shows 
through the school's student-run entertainment committee, 
Giant Productions. He, Caddell, and Axelson worked for Giant 
in college, gaining valuable insight into the music industry. 
The group's stage-show gusto was a complement to 
its eclectic underground sound, described on The Plan's 

website as "indie rock" and "post- 
punk funk." Their signature style 
melded an array of musical genres 
with complicated arrangements, 
angular song construction, and 
unusual time signatures. 

"It could be a bit much for 
some people at first listen," said 
lead guitarist Caddell. "When you 
combine those elements, you tend 
to take people's heads off from time 
to time." 

While The Plan was building 
its musical steam, Charnoff and 
friends Brian Plollingsworth, who 
transferred before graduation, and 
Jason Chipman '95 were toying 
with the idea of starting a record 
label. 

"We'd written a bunch of songs, 
and Mike and his friends offered to 
put out the record," said Axelson, who 
plays bass and keyboard. "In the same 
way we were learning to be a band, 
they were learning to be a label." 

Charnoff named the venture Alcove Records because he 
worked out of a closet-like alcove in the home where he lived 
on Fredericksburg's Fall Hill Avenue. The guys produced 
the 33-rpm records - the ones that mistakenly turned out 
pink - with only about $1,500. 

"To call it a shoestring operation is giving it too much 
credit," said Charnoff, who is now an attorney and member 
of the UMW Alumni Board. 

Despite humble beginnings, The Plan started digging 
its nails deep into the halls of music history. A reluctance 
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SEV N C ASS ACTS 

The Dismemberment Plan is in good company. Did you know 
that the following bands were also born on campuses? 

R.E.M.: University of Georgia, 1980 

The R.E.M. masterpiece began to take shape when U.Ga. art 
student Michael Stipe (vocals) met record store employee 
Peter Buck (guitar), who had dropped out of Emory 
University. The picture was completed when the pair met 
two more U.Ga. students at a party - bassist Mike Mills had an 
interest in English literature and journalism, and drummer Bill 
Berry was studying pre-law. 

Radiohead: Abingdon School, 1985 

They might not have been ready for college quite yet, but the 
members of Radiohead did meet on a school campus - an 
all-boys prep school in Oxfordshire, England. Thorn Yorke 
(vocals, guitar, piano), Ed O'Brien (guitar), Phil Selway (drums), 
and brothers Colin (bass) and Jonny Greenwood (guitar, 
keyboard) rehearsed on Fridays in the school's music room. 

Styx: Chicago State University, 1969 

A lesson in success, Styx got its start at Chicago State, where 
many of the group's members were studying to become 
teachers. Twin brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo 
(drums) had made music with their Chicago neighbor Dennis 
DeYoung (vocals) before the trio signed up at CSU. There they 
met guitarists John Curulewski, a fellow CSU student, and 
James "J.Y." Young, who studied aerospace engineering at the 
Illinois Institute of Technology. 






Pink Floyd: Regent Street Polytechnic, 1965 

Pink Floyd began building a name for itself when a group of 
architecture students from London's RSP - drummer Nick 
Mason, bassist Roger Waters, and keyboardist Richard Wright - 
joined forces. 

Coldplay: University College of London, 1996 

Success was written in the stars for Coldplay. UCL astronomy 
major Jonny Buckland (guitar) met Chris Martin (vocals), who 
was interested in ancient world studies, during orientation 
week. Martin played on the school's hockey team with 
anthropology major Will Champion (percussion). Engineering 
major Guy Berryman (bass) joined later. 






Queen: Imperial College, 1971 

Queen's reign began at Imperial College, when Brian May 
(guitar), who holds a doctorate in astrophysics from the 
London school, was an undergraduate there. May hooked up 
with bassist Tim Staffell (later replaced by John Deacon), who 
went to Ealing Art College with Farrokh "Freddie Mercury" 
Bulsara (lead vocals). When May placed an ad for a drummer 
on a college bulletin board, dental student Roger Taylor 
responded, and the group originally called itself "Smile." 

Creed: Florida State University, 1995 

The whole gang hailed from FSU. Vocalist Scott Stapp, who 
studied law, and guitarist MarkTremonti, a finance major, met 
in high school, then teamed up with bassist Brian Marshall and 
drummer Scott Phillips, who majored in business. 

The above information was largely gathered from the Online 
Universities website. 












replacement, Joe Easley, clicked well with the band. They 
began touring consistently, polishing their act along the way 
and gaining momentum with every show. 

"They became much more mature in their playing and 
their presentation," said Stoneman, an audio engineer who 
often has served as tour manager for The Plan and other 
hands, and has been an adjunct professor. 

The Plan was still on an upward climb in 2003, when they 
decided they'd had enough. It would be nice, they thought, 
to walk away on a high note. 

"We had yet to make any significant career blunders," 



Axelson said. "After 10 years of really flogging it, you get 
pretty damned tired." 

Besides, the corporate world was calling. Living in 
Washington, D.C., Axelson and Caddell - both English 
majors - have pursued professions outside of the hand. Caddell 
is a freelance audio engineer, and Axelson, who has worked 
as a data analyst and taught AP English literature in a D.C. 
high school, is now a civics program manager for Rock the 
Vote. Morrison is a developer for The Huffington Post, and 
Easley works in robotics for NASA. 

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Morrison attempted a 
solo career that stopped 
before it started when the 
online music publication 
Pitchfork slammed his 2004 
album. Now he sings in a 
church choir in downtown 
Manhattan. Axelson has 
played with a group called 
Maritime and another 
called Statehood, which 
also featured Easley. Caddell 
tours with his current band, 
Poor But Sexy. 

"We still are four nerds 
who love music and love 
to bounce it off each 
other," Caddell told NPR 
in January. 

But The Plan remains 
the tie that binds. Since its I 

o 

official breakup, the group § 

has delighted die-hard fans J 

with periodic performances, s 

including two reunion 1 

shows to benefit the health Top, left to right: Members of The Dismemberment Plan - bassist 




Bottom, left to right: Travis Morrison, Eric Axelson '94, and Jason 
Caddell '93 share the spotlight onstage in Chicago. 



needs of a friend. And, in a 

twist of fate, Pitchfork, the 

publication that so quickly 

quashed Morrison's solo 

career, gave a perfect 10 rating to The Plan's recent re-release 

of its popular 1999 album, Emergency & I. The resounding 

excitement fueled the rousing reunion tour, which was 

launched this winter by an appearance on Late Night With 

Jimmy Fallon and wound its way through D.C., Philly, Boston, 

and New York, then moved on to Japan, and looped back 

to Chicago and Seattle. 

The Washington Post covered the group's final pre-tour 
warm-up show, an invitation-only affair held at the Galaxy 
Hut in Arlington, Va. And a January performance at New 
York's Webster Hall prompted this post on the Ticketmaster 
website: "I saw them a million times when I was going to 
Mary Washington College and in D.C. in the '90s. . . . Now, 



Eric Axelson '94, drummer Joe Easley, frontman Travis Morrison, 
and guitarist Jason Caddell '93 - played Chicago's Metro in February. 
The sold-out show was part of the band's recent reunion tour. 



in 2011, they just sold out a 
major NYC venue two days 
in a row - and everybody 
knew all the words! It was 
really incredible." 

With the tour now a 
wrap, The Plan is slated 
to play the Roots Family 
Picnic in Philadelphia in 
June and the Pitchfork 
Music Festival in Chicago 
in July. After that, it's 
anybody's guess. If the group 
is pondering additional 
projects, no one's talking. 
"Everybody's busy, so 
there's not really time," 
said Axelson, who insists 
he isn't trying to be elusive. 
"We haven't closed that 
door. We're taking it day 
by day." 

In addition to Pearl Jam 
and Death Cab for Cutie, 
The Plan spent a decade 
performing with big- 
name bands like Weezer 
and Brainiac; touring in 
Europe, Asia, and the 
United States; and putting 
out albums. They were lucky to have done it all once, said 
Axelson, who considers it a bonus to have experienced The 
Plan's renewed popularity, not to mention the success of the 
re-issue of Emergency & I, nostalgically done on vinyl-only 
- not pink - but possibly still a collector's item. 

The color of the records the guys created nearly 20 years 
ago seems to have tinted Caddell's memories of the alma 
mater of so many who contributed to The Dismemberment 
Plan's success. 

"I guess you think back to your college years, and they 
seem rosier than they really were," he said, "but I tell you 
what, that whole time [at Mary Washington] was really, 
really terrific for everybody." a 



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As a junior at UMW, Jeffrey 
Anderson has penned his share of 
papers and essays. Perhaps his most 
challenging assignment, though, 
came in March, when he helped 
write his oldest sister s obituary. 



He undertook the task after the mammoth March 11 
earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed 400 miles 
of Japan's northeastern coastline. One of the hardest-hit cities 
was Ishinomaki, where Anderson's sister, 24-year-old Taylor, 
lived and worked as an English teacher. She was the first 
confirmed American fatality of the deadly natural disaster. 
And as Jeffrey struggled to come to terms with his loss, the 
Mary Washington community rallied around him. 

President Richard V. Hurley called Jeffrey's cell phone 
to express his personal condolences. Fellow students held a 
fundraising event in Taylor's memory. Professors offered extra 
time to complete assignments. The outpouring of support 
was "huge," Jeffrey, 20, said in an interview two days before 
his sister's memorial service. 

At a magnitude of 9.0, it was the largest known earthquake 
ever to strike Japan. The tragedy claimed thousands of lives 
and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Yet, from his 
first inkling that something was wrong - a quick glance at 
an email newsfeed as he rushed from his Framar dorm room 
to take a microeconomics test - Jeffrey held to the belief 
that his sister would be safe. Then came relief in the form 
of a phone call from Japanese officials, who said that Taylor 
had been spotted. But the Anderson family of Chesterfield 
County, Va., soon learned that the report was unconfirmed. 

All that could be confirmed was that Taylor spent her 
final moments making sure her young students were safe. 
More than a week after the quake, even though they still 
hadn't heard from Taylor, the Andersons - including Jeffrey 
- clung to hope. They decided to travel to Japan to search 
for her, to help clean up debris, to stay busy doing whatever 
they could. 



"There were people still being found," said Jeffrey, 
an environmental science major. "We were still 
hopeful that she was alive." 

A phone call they received the morning they were 
to leave for the airport put an end to the optimism. 
Taylor's body had been discovered. 

Like so many college students, Jeffrey 
communicated with his sisters, Taylor and 22-year- 
old Julie, mostly through emails, text messages, and 
Facebook postings. The last time he actually spoke 
with Taylor was when they were both home for Christmas 
break. When she left to return to her job in Japan, the two 
never doubted they'd see each other again. There were no 
gushing sibling-related sentiments, no poignant parting scenes. 
Jeffrey has made his peace with that. "It's cliche," he said. 
"You never get the perfect goodbye." 

Among his treasured memories of Taylor are those from 
his visit with her in Japan in 2009, the summer after his first 
year at UMW. She showed him her apartment and the places 
where she taught English to both children and adults. They 
visited a karaoke club, a ramen market, and a park famous 
for its cherry blossoms. 

Taylor's love for Japan and its people began early, sparked 
by a teacher who got her attention not only by instructing 
her in the fundamentals of the Japanese language but also by 
revealing the wonders of a faraway place, the intrigue of an 
unknown world. Taylor graduated from St. Catherine's School 
in Richmond and Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. 

Jeffrey, too, is captivated by different cultures, and he plans 
someday to experience life overseas. Despite the tragedy that 
cut short his sister's life, he hasn't ruled out the possibility 
of living in Japan. 

Until then, as he and his family begin to heal, he's 
determined to remain immersed in his studies at Mary 
Washington and stay focused on defining his own future. 

"We're picking ourselves up and starting to try to move 
on," he said, m 

For information on contributing to the Taylor Anderson '04 
Memorial Gift Fund to help rebuild schools destroyed by the 
tsunami in Japan, visit www.st.catherines.org/tayloranderson. 



UMW junior Jeffrey Anderson shared memories of his sister, 
Taylor, who was killed in March in the tsunami that struck Japan. 



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By Anna B. Billingsley 



Leah Cox is practicing what she teaches: how to make a 
successful transition. 

Former assistant dean of academic services, Cox now 
holds the newly created position of special assistant to 
the president for diversity and inclusion. It's a big switch. 
This administrative faculty member, who has been at 
Mary Washington since 2000, also has been director of the 
James Farmer Scholars Program and the Student Transition 
Program (STP), which guides students as they navigate 
between high school and college. 

In her new job, Cox serves as a member of President 
Richard V. Hurley's Cabinet, and she closely advises him on 
programming, recruitment, and ways that the University 
can be more inclusive. In touch with colleagues on other 
campuses, Cox collects materials about diversity issues and 
serves as a resource for offices throughout UMW. 

She is gradually and rather reluctantly relinquishing her 
duties with STP and the James Farmer Scholars Program, 
which is targeted toward middle and high school students, 
many of whom may not have considered college as a part 
of their futures. Physically, she will move from Lee Hall to 
George Washington Hall. 

A native of Baltimore, Cox earned an undergraduate 
degree in art and deaf education from Western Maryland 
College, now McDaniel College. Her master's degree in 
rehabilitation counseling is from the University of Arizona, 
and her Ph.D. in college administration is from the University 
of Maryland. 

She has worked with rehabilitation patients in a 
hospital, with deaf students at Gallaudet University, and 
as an administrator in Maryland's state system of higher 
education. 

A former single mom to 13-year-old Omar, Cox is also 
transitioning into a new role as spouse. She and Timothy 
O'Donnell, associate professor of communication at UMW, 
married on Jan. 1. She says of her new husband, whom she 
met when he came to teach the Farmer Scholars how to 
debate, "he's the kindest, smartest person I ever met." 




That it's a small 
college. You get to know people on more than a "hi, bye" basis. 
You run into people from UMW at Target and all sorts of other 
places. Also, because it's such a small school, you have the 
freedom to be creative and learn a lot of different things. 

I'd make it more 
diverse. Yes, that is the new job talking. But I do wear down 
when students come to me and say, "I don't see anybody who 
looks like me." Plus, I like tradition, but sometimes I feel like we're 
a little stuck. We need to move into the 21st century. 

Intelligent, caring, 
giving. . .someone who has curiosity to learn and try new things, 
someone who has enthusiasm for helping students grow and 
change and figure out which way to go. 

Things that are new and different or 
when people say, "I don't know if this can be done." Of course, 
students motivate me. I love it when a student comes in and 
says, "I listened to what you suggested I do." 

Things that are going on 
around me, particularly projects like UMW's current tribute 
to the Freedom Rides. My parents were and still are a great 
inspiration. They were not college-educated, but my dad is 
knowledgeable about so many things. Being blind, he soaks up 
all sorts of information and uses it in his life. Both my mom and 
my dad exposed me to so many things. 

My family. Also, pursuing my 
interests; I am taking Spanish, and I want to start painting again. 

I'm always fearful I've 
forgotten one last thing, one last email or that I've double- 
booked a meeting. I have too many irons in the fire! 

For a whole summer, my job was on an island 
making T-shirts. I worked as a tailor on Nantucket, m 



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BOOK REPORT 



All of the following books are available in the UMW Bookstore. 



Books by Faculty 



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Anthropology and 
Egalitarianism: Ethnographic 
Encounters from Monticello to 
Guinea-Bissau 

By Eric Gable, UMW professor of 
sociology and anthropology 



Eric Gable introduces readers to 
the concept of culture in his book Anthropology and 
Egalitarianism. 

The book explores the role of ethnography, the scientific 
description of individual cultures, in shedding light on the 
human condition. Gable credits as the text's impetus a 
lecture he gave at the University of Virginia 20 years ago. In 
the lecture, he attempted to show that people's prejudices 
affect what they allow themselves to learn about those 
who live in other places. By using findings from his field 
work - from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to West Africa 
and Indonesia - in conjunction with discussions of major 
works, Gable broaches key themes of cultural anthropology, 
including its relationship to racism and colonialism. 

Critics have used such terms as "deeply personal," 
"provocative," "eloquent," and "disarmingly colloquial" 
to describe Anthropology and Egalitarianism. The book "is 
precisely the kind of work that should be taught at the 
undergraduate level," wrote Liam D. Murphy, co-author of A 
History of Anthropological Theory. 

- Published by Indiana University Press, November 2010 



Evil in Contemporary French 
and Francophone Literature 

Edited by Scott M. Powers, UMW 
associate professor of French 

One might call this collection of 
essays edited by Scott Powers "a 
necessary evil," at least in exploring 
the ways in which the concept of evil is central to 
contemporary French-language literature. 

The book creates an international perspective by 
bringing together a vast variety of views from a wide range 
of scholars, each of whom focuses on one of several key 
French-speaking novelists from the United States, France, 




Belgium, and beyond. Fundamental ideas explored in the 
book include the origins of evil, the limits of expressing the 
extreme, and the adequacy of words to depict the horror of 
disturbing events and human tragedies, from genocide and 
gender oppression to the terrorist events of Sept. 1 1 and the 
Holocaust. 

Edward K. Kaplan of Brandeis University calls the text a 
"book of wisdom, courage, and lucid interpretation." 

- Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 

January 2011 




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What Comes After 

By Steve Watkins, UMW 
professor of English, linguistics, 
and communication 



With a stroke of his pen, Steve 
Watkins turns a tragic event into 
inspiration. An article about a young 
girl placed in foster care after suffering an act of violence 
was the stimulus for Watkins' most recent book, What 
Comes After, a novel for young adults, ages 14 and older. 

"I recognized her - and others like her - through my 
work as an investigator and advocate in the juvenile justice 
system," Watkins commented on the Candlewick Press 
website. "I knew her story deserved to be told." 

He shares the girl's tale through the book's main 
character, 16-year-old Iris, who has been abandoned by 
both her mother, who is abusive, and her father, who dies. 
She's forced to live on a farm with family members who 
mistreat not only the animals but also Iris. When the violence 
escalates, Iris is placed with a foster family, but she still feels 
compelled to care for the farm animals. 

Kirkus Reviews said of the book: "Beautifully written, this 
story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the 
resilience of the human spirit." 

What Comes After and Down Sand Mountain, also written 
by Watkins, are slated to be recorded as audio books, and 
the latter is set to be released in paperback this spring. 

- Published by Candlewick Press, April 2011 



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The Science of Single: One 
Woman's Grand Experiment 
in Modern Dating, Creating 
Chemistry, and Finding Love 

By Rachel Machacek '95 



THE SCIENCE 



Rachel Machacek sets out to discover 
the formula for making a love 
connection in her book, The Science of Single. Propelled 
into a methodical search for Mr. Right after a miserable 
date with yet another Mr. Wrong, Machacek embarks upon 
a yearlong study to learn what would happen if she put 
all the trappings of modern-day matchmaking to the test. 



After a foray into online dating leads to a series of ill-suited 
suitors, Machacek tests dating books and dating coaches. 
She tries speed dating, blind dating, and professional 
dating services. And she dissects the singles scene in a 
string of locales, from Southern California to New York City. 
Machacek's first-person account is heartfelt yet hilarious 
and laced with antics familiar to anyone who's suffered 
through a failed first date or a disappointing breakup. 

Machacek, a communications manager and freelance 
writer, lives in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post's Ellen 
McCarthy wrote that the book stands to make Machacek 
"into the Bridget Jones of Washington." 

- Published by Riverhead Books, January 2011 



Get the Picture? 



Give It Your Best Shot! 



In the last issue, we asked for help identifying the women 
involved in this 1962 Mary Washington "pillow fight," and we 
got it! Two readers recognized the students in the middle, 
who are the main focus of the photo. Both identified the 
pillow-wielding woman in the back as Lois Hartman '62 
and the woman in the front who's about to get whacked 
as Donna Stevens Boyd '62. Not only that, but one of the 
readers who wrote in said that the picture must have been 
taken in Ball Hall, because she remembers seniors being 
housed there that year. The five amused onlookers have not 
been identified, but we'd still love to hear from anyone who 
knows who they are. 



A stamp on the back of this picture says it was taken on Sept. 
26, 1942. But who is the lovely young lady playing the harp in 
the foyer of Dodd Auditorium? Can you help us identify her? 

This image is among the hundreds of historic photos in the 
UMW Centennial Digital Image Archive, an interactive 
and searchable database that is available to the public at 
http://archive.umw.edu. Some of the images in the archive 
are identified only partially or not at all. 

If you can shed more light on this photo, please contact 
us. Our archives will become more complete with shared 
information from UMW friends and family. Send email to 
abilling@umw.edu (please put GET THE PICTURE in the 
subject line) or write to the University of Mary Washington 
Magazine - Get the Picture, UMW, 1301 College Ave., 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300. 




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How Do You Spell D-l-V-E-R-S-E? 



That is the word to describe the productions offered by 
UMW's Department of Theatre and Dance. This season's 
offerings included the quirky and wildly popular musical The 
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Tennessee Williams' 
sultry Summer & Smoke; and Seascape, Edward Albee's 
Pulitzer Prize-winning wry and whimsical play. 

Mark your calendars now for an equally diverse and 
dynamic 2011-12 lineup. 

Sept. 29-0ct.9, 2011 • THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE 

In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, 
Scotland, killing its 259 passengers and 11 people on the 
ground. Seven years later, Madeline and Bill Livingston 
travel to Scotland to recover the remains of their 20-year- 
old son. This is a poetic drama in which compassion and 
hope emanate from unspeakable horror. 

Nov. 3-20, 2011 • RENT 

Christmas bells are ringing, but all is not well for Mark, 
a troubled filmmaker, and his roommate, Roger, a 
struggling musician. This groundbreaking musical, 
winner of both a Pulitzer and a Tony, is reminiscent of 



Puccini's La Boheme. Mark, Roger, and company struggle 
to make ends meet, grapple with changing relationships, 
and celebrate the triumphs of life as the unremitting 
reach of AIDS casts its inescapable shadow on their lives. 

Feb. 9-19, 2012 • MOON OVER BUFFALO 

Theatrical hijinks ensue in this uproarious farce 
featuring fading stars George and Charlotte Hay, who 
are caught in repertory theater purgatory in Buffalo. 
When news spreads that renowned movie mogul Frank 
Capra is coming to a performance in hopes of signing 
actors, mistaken identities, jangled nerves, and epic 
misunderstandings escalate into a riotous performance 
where anything that can go wrong does. 

April 12-22, 2012 • HEDDAGABLER 

Returning from their honeymoon, George and Hedda 
Tesman begin to settle into their new life together. 
With the return of George's academic nemesis, the 
couple's relationship unravels amidst whispered secrets, 
professional disappointments, passion, and rivalries. This 
adaptation breathes new life into Ibsen's classic tale. 



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NOTABLE & QUOTABLE 



UMW Presents Challenge 
at National Summit 

What began several years ago as a class project for an 
introductory macroeconomics course at the University 
of Mary Washington has gained national recognition 
via the first U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in 
Washington, D.C. Because of innovative approaches to 
engaging citizens in the worldwide fight against poverty, 
the Two Dollar Challenge, with its nonprofit partner 
Opportunity International, was among 10 groups invited to 
the conference last fall. 

Representing Two Dollar Challenge from UMW were 
Shawn Humphrey, the program's founder and associate 
professor of economics; executive director Erin Kelly '09; 
national president Meredith Greenwell "II; and campus 
president Laura Dick '13. 





Meredith Greenwell "II, left; Shawn Humphrey, associate 
professor of economics; and Laura Dick '13 represented 
UMW's Two Dollar Challenge at the first U.S. Summit for 
Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C, last fall. 



Faithful Citizen Helps Make 
Hampton Anniversary 
Shine ■■ 

A member of the UMW 

Foundation Board received 

the Distinguished Citizen 

Award from the City of 

Hampton, Va. At a January 

gala, Gwen Amory 

dimming '52 was honored 

for her dedicated volunteer 

work as co-chair of the Gwen Amor V dimming '52 

steering committee that made the city's 400th anniversary 

celebration a soaring success. 

The celebration commemorated the 1610 settlement 
of English colonists at the site of the Kecoughtan Indian 
Village, an area that later became known as Hampton. An 
array of events honored English settlers and American 
Indians, as well as the African Americans who came to the 
site in 1619, marking the first known arrival of blacks in the 
United States. 

Cumming's affection for her hometown radiates. 
A founder of the Hampton History Museum, she was 
appointed by the city council to co-chair the anniversary 
celebration. But her drive to get involved developed long 
ago. She was student government president at Mary 
Washington and later served 17 years on the school's Board 
of Visitors before assuming a spot on its Foundation Board. 

"I love Mary Washington," Cumming said. "I love my 
church. And I'm crazy about the city of Hampton." 



Conservationist Recognized 
for Efforts to Save the Bay 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has named Katherine "Kay" Slaughter '61 its 2010 Virginia 
Conservationist of the Year. 

A retired lawyer, Slaughter also is a published nonfiction writer, adjunct university faculty 
member, and former Charlottesville mayor. Through all her roles, Slaughter - who spent nearly 
25 years with the Southern Environmental Law Center - has maintained a keen interest in 
protecting the natural wonders that surround her, not the least of which is the nation's largest 
estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. 

Slaughter, who lives on the Rivanna River in Charlottesville, has worked to protect nontidal 
wetlands, restrict billboards that inhibit scenic views, and fight the confined feeding of animals. She also was a founding 
member and former president of the Virginia Conservation Network and was named an outstanding Virginia Environmental 
Leader in a 2004 presentation by the Virginia Military Institute. 




Katherine "Kay' 
Slaughter '61 



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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 




Alumna Devotes Decade 
to Climbing the 
Political Ladder 

Julia Ciarlo Hammond '01 

had put her political career 
on the fast track to success 
well before she left Mary 
Washington. During her 
junior and senior years, 
the political science major 
managed to juggle her 
college studies with her 
duties in Richmond as 
Julia Ciarlo Hammond '01 legislative assistant to 
Republican Dave Albo of the Virginia House of Delegates. 

After graduation, Hammond worked for Virginia Attorney 
General Jerry Kilgore and Sen. John Chichester. She was 
tapped in January to serve as director of legislative affairs in 
the policy office of Gov. Bob McDonnell. 

Prior to her recent appointment, Hammond spent three 
years as Virginia state director of the National Federation 
of Independent Business, where she worked to protect 
small businesses by speaking out against laws mandating 
smoke-free restaurants and punishing employers for hiring 
undocumented immigrants, among other issues. 

Hammond also has served as director of government 
relations for the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. 
A native of Cranston, R.I., she lives in Richmond with her 
husband, Todd. 

Proponent of Premature 
Infants' Families 
Honored 

Mary Beth Leightley 
Hazelgrove '95, 

executive director of 

Preemies Today, was 

awarded the 2011 Public 

Citizen of the Year 

Award from the National 

Association of Social 

Workers, Virginia Chapter. 

The mother of a child 

who was born prematurely, Hazelgrove said the award raises 

awareness of the difficulties that parents face when having a 

premature infant and the emotional support that is needed 

in the hospital and after their baby is discharged. 




Mary Beth Leightley 
Hazelgrove '95, left, with 
Heather Carruthers Hall '94, 
secretary of the Preemies Today 
board of directors. 



Love of Horses Lands 
Alumna in Hall of Fame 

A horseback rider since the 
age of 14, Carol Joan Bailey 

Miller '50 of Cumberland 

County, Va., has been 

inducted into the Hall of 

Fame of the Virginia Horse 

Shows Association (VHSA). 

From her college roles as 

president of the Hoof Prints 

riding club and captain of the 

Mary Washington Cavalry Caro1 Joan Baile V Miller ' 50 

troop to her recent work writing the history of the VHSA, 

Miller has dedicated much of her life to equine efforts. 

After earning a degree in biology and working for the 
Department of Defense, she became a histology technician 
for research laboratories, working at the Marion duPont 
Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg for 15 years before 
retiring. She is a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation 
and the American and Virginia horse councils, and a licensed 
hunter steward and judge. Miller adds the Hall of Fame 
honor to a full stable of awards, including the Virginia Horse 
Council's Distinguished Service Award and the Susan Hagan 
Award for sportsmanship, camaraderie, and fairness. 




Professors 
Receives Recognition 

► Margaret A. Mi, professor in the College of Business 
Department of Management and Marketing, received the 
O'Hara Leadership Award from the educational foundation 
of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW), 
the country's largest regional direct marketing association. 
Mi created UMW's first advertising-related course, which 
revolved around e-commerce, and she developed a 
prototype suitable for adoption by other colleges. 

► Mindy Erchull, assistant professor of psychology, was 
recognized with the 2011 Psi Chi Southeastern Regional 
Faculty Advisor Award for her performance as the 
University's Psi Chi chapter advisor, a role she took on in 
2006. At last year's American Psychological Association 
Convention, Erchull also was honored with the Mary Roth 
Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award for her 
innovative ways of addressing diversity in teaching the 
psychology of women. 



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FROM THE PRESIDENT OF 
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

TO: All Alumni 

FROM: Derek M. Bottcher '96 

In the spring, the University seems to buzz with 
activity and events, along with large groups of 
prospective students touring the campus. 

Those students are part of a broad audience to which the University is aiming to 
articulate its distinctiveness. Several hundred of you responded to a recent online 
survey designed to aid in this goal. This is part of a larger effort to enhance our 
visibility and recognition within the mid- Atlantic region and the nation, and I thank 
all who took the time to participate. Now alumni are being asked to complete a 
separate survey that will provide Mary Washington with increased and improved 
information about our graduates, their achievements, and their feelings about Mary 
Washington. I hope you will watch for it and complete it at your earliest convenience. 

If you're celebrating a class reunion this year, you have a wonderful opportunity to 
reconnect with Mary Washington and get a firsthand look at many exciting changes 
on campus. Reunion Weekend events will entice you back into the classroom with 
Alumni College lectures featuring UMW faculty members, provide opportunities 
to see the amazing new student residences at Eagle Landing (and the stunning 
new pedestrian bridge across U.S. Route 1), allow you to reacquaint yourself with 
campus facilities through student-led tours, and give you a chance to catch up with 
classmates you haven't seen in years. Mark your calendars for June 3-5, and make the 
commitment to spend that weekend in Fredericksburg. I'll be there, celebrating my 
15th reunion with the Class of 1996, and I hope to see you there, too. 

This spring, President Richard V. Hurley is spending considerable time on the road 
meeting alumni in various regions and sharing his vision for the University. Events 
are being held all around the United States. If one takes place near where you live, 
I hope you will attend and become familiar with our alma mater's priorities and 
challenges. President Hurley's energetic and vibrant leadership, along with his 
genuine passion for Mary Washington, ensures exhilarating days and a bright future 
ahead. I invite and encourage you all to be part of the excitement. 



Above, top: Lloyd Tilton Backstrom 
and Mary Turner Willett are looking 
forward to celebrating the Class of 
1961 s 50th reunion in June. 

Above, middle: President Hurley 
displays the new license plate holder 
that helps promote UMW. 

Above, bottom: Colin Mackey a 
member ofUMW's incoming class 
of 2015, attended the Richmond 
reception with his grandmother, 
Pat Ellis Archer '58, and his mother, 
Heather Archer Mackey '82. 

Photos by Cynthia Newmark 






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Above: Recent grad Justin Mattos '10 met 
fellow alumni at the reception at the 
Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. 

Left: Joe Payne '02 and Emily Mosley 
Payne '04 enjoyed the event. 



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Ruth Duff Dyckman turned 90 in 
January and planned to celebrate 
her birthday with friends, family 
and members of her church and 
garden club. Born in 1921, Ruth 
attended Mary Washington for two 
years and majored in commercial 
education. She remembers Mrs. 
Bushnell, who always told the 
young ladies to sit up straight in 
the cafeteria. 



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Lois Loehr Brown 
loislbrown@aol.com 

I have suddenly been discovered 
by various Fairfax County, 
Va., historians! I was happy to 
contribute information, quotes, 
and pictures (one from more 
than 50 years ago!) to a county 
government publication about 
the Asian-American population. 
One of the historians made a 
video of me discussing Fairfax 
public schools from the 1950s 
and now Lm on YouTube! The 
Fairfax County Retired Educators 
wrote about my early experiences 
as a teacher for their 
publication. I am also 
working on an oral history 
report about a portion of 
Middlesex County, Va., for 
a Tidewater publication. 
Its all quite exciting. 



Kathryn "Suzy" Newcome 
Skeirik and her husband moved 
to Lakewood Manor, a continuing 
care community in Richmond, six 
years ago and enjoy the lifestyle 
there. Several Mary Washington 
alumnae, including Rita Stone 
'52, live there. Kathryn and former 
Mary Washington roommate 
Jane Rocap Lewis get together 
when Jane visits her daughter in 
Charlottesville. On a beautiful 
notecard that featured her artwork, 
Jane wrote that, after her husband 
passed away, she moved to Tuscany 
a retirement home in Scottsdale, 
Ariz., to be near son Rick and 
his family. She enjoys her post as 
resident council president. Last 
year, Jane and daughter Marty 
visited Mary Washington and Jane 
reported that she hardly recognized 
the campus! 

Kathy Ellis wrote on behalf of 
her mother, Mary Miller Crigler 

Boldridge. Mary and husband 
Frank live at Culpeper Baptist 
Retirement Community but often 
visit the farm (now run by Kathy 
and her husband) where Mary 
was born and raised. She became a 
great-grandmother with the birth 
of Grayson Robert Ellis last year. 
Grandson Chad Ellis received 
his doctorate in chemistry from 
Carnegie Mellon University and is 
doing research at Cornell. 

A friend took Lenore Magill 
Grimwood of Sun City, Ariz., on 



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of Sun City, Ariz., celebrated 
her 90th birthday on a hot-air 
balloon ride in Sedona. 



Thanks to Lundy 
Baker Updike '76, whose son, 
Jim, is a sophomore computer 
science major at Mary Washington, 
for help with computer 
communications and to Anne 
Radway '63, a wonderful outdoor 
gardener who has helped me a lot 
with my little indoor garden. 

The sad news of the death of 
Arabelle Laws Arrington arrived 
as I was getting ready to make 
arrangements to visit her nursing 
home in Warrenton, Va. She was a 
wonderful friend and suitemate. I 
shall miss her. 



a hot-air balloon ride in Sedona to 
celebrate her 90th birthday in July. 
Lenore attended a Rhodes Scholar 
program in Quarryville, Pa., about 
the Amish and Mennonites. She is 
a hospice volunteer and a spiritual 
caregiver at Banner Health 
hospitals. 

Myra McCormick Cole lives 
in her home and receives a little 
help with cleaning and laundry. 
One daughter is in charge of the 
local state veterans home. The 
other one has moved in with her 
to open and operate her own 



high-tech business, which might 

have inspired Myra. She wrote in 

her email, "At the ripe old age of 90 

(yes, the gals put 

my photo in the 

paper and we had 

a big celebration 

dinner), I bought 

a new computer 

and live on it! I 

really didn't want anyone to think 

that crafts and puzzles were my 

life." When she's not surfing the 

Internet, Myra crochets scarves, 

baby blankets, and other requested 

items. In her spare time, she 

enjoys word puzzles and keeping 

up with her grandson and two 

granddaughters. 



10,1? 

Virginia Bennett Skillman 
classnotes@umw.edu 



Lee Hall Archer 
huntenlee@charter.net 






Phyllis Quimby Anderson 
pqhndson@myfairpoint.net 

I want to thank all the classmates who 
took time to send news for this issue. 

I am still involved in church and 
Westminster Cares, and I'm doing 
as well as most of us octogenarians 
can hope to be doing. Hank's USS 
New York battleship annual reunion 
was held in Annapolis, Md., this 
year, and we had a tour of the Naval 
Academy and a two-hour sail on a 
small schooner. We also went to see 
the beautiful World War II Memorial 
in Washington, where a wreath 
was laid in memory of those who 
passed away. Last summer, our girls 
planned a family reunion that was 
both relaxing and hectic. We are on 
the list for a soon-to-be-constructed 
retirement home in our small town 
and think that most of our elderly 
friends also have signed up, so we 
shouldn't be lonely. There will be lots 
of bridge playing. Speaking of bridge, 
our daughter and her boyfriend play 
here every Tuesday night, with each 
of us taking turns doing dinner. 
Also, I am finally going to be a great- 
grandmother; a girl was due in March! 



Isabel Hildrup Klein said 
that everything is about the same 
with her. Marie Kennedy lives at 



At the ripe old age of 90, Myra 
McCormick Cole '41 bought a 
new computer and lives on it! 



the Belle Meade continuing care 
community in Southern Pines, N.C., 
and writes a monthly column for the 
in-house newspaper. Former Mary 
Washington suitemate Virginia 
McCartney Newcombe is selling 
the house where she lived most of 
her life and moving to a retirement 
community in Westchester County, 
N.Y., near one of her daughters. 

Anna Roberts Ware enjoys 
having lunch with her son-in-law, 
who harvests corn and soybeans 
nearby and on her farms. She is 
lucky to have irrigation because the 
growing season was terribly dry in 
that area. After a very hot summer, 
she had three carpenters restore her 
1724 meat house. The logs inside are 
hand hewed, a new outside covering 
was constructed in 1900, and Anna 
had a new floor put in, so she has a 
new place to store things out of the 
weather. She had Libby Phillips Roe 
and Bill, a Navy pilot in the Pacific, 
over for lunch. Libby and Bill are fine 
for their age and busy at Cokesbury 
Village in northern Delaware. 



Elizabeth Cumby Murray 

misses her waterfront home on 
Monomoy Island, Mass., especially 
her garage, because her car now sits 
out in all kinds of weather! She was 
looking forward to Thanksgiving 
with most of her family and to 
the fun of watching her great- 
granddaughter, who was to turn 
2 in December, at Christmas in 
Brookline, Mass., where she lives 
with parents Andrew and Kirstin. 
They were to have returned from 
Paris, where they took some of 
Elizabeth's son-in-law's ashes to 
the family plot in his hometown 
of Niort. Elizabeth is happy at 
Sherburne Commons and still plays 
bridge with friends. 

Mary Ellen Starkey is lucky to 
have some of her children nearby. 
Her son, Donny continues to do well 
with his restaurant in La Plata, Md., 
where Mary Ellen still lives. She has 
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Frances Watts Barker 
jbarker@intercom.net 



Patricia Mathewson Spring 
classnotes@umw.edu 



Betty Moore Drewry Bamman 
bdbamman@verizon.net 






classnotes@umw.edu 



Anna Dulany Lyons 

June Davis McCormick 
jaymccee@yahoo.com 

As the long, hot summer slowly 
evolved into autumn, several 
classmates reported a rather languid 
lifestyle, with less traveling for many 
of our Fabulous Forty-Niners. 

While Mary Elwang Sharpley 

of Charlottesville takes part in 
most of the activities afforded by 
her residence at the Colonnade, 
a health issue negates further 
traveling. Mary reported the arrival 
of Barbara Westerman Newlon and 
husband Howard, who sold their 
Charlottesville home and relocated to 
the Colonnade at the end of August. 
Howard now needs a walker and the 
blizzards of last winter reinforced 
their decision to make the move. 
Mary said she is happy to have a 
classmate at hand, especially since 
her dear friend Elizabeth "Betty" 
Fischer Gore moved to Northern 
Virginia. When the Newlons were 
introduced during a welcoming 
meeting of the residents, Howard was 
further identified as "a humorous 
speaker." How well those who 
attended our 55th Reunion Weekend 
recall his hilarious recap of their 
effusive efforts to find Barb's former 
roommate when passing through her 
hometown, all to no avail. In early 
September, Mary related the sad 
news of the death of Barbara's sister, 
Rosemary Westerman Butterworth 
'48, whom Barbara followed to 
Mary Washington. We have no 
further details but offer our heartfelt 
sympathy to the family. 

Leaving their longtime home and 
friends in West Chester, Pa., five years 
ago was a difficult decision for Jeanne 



Farrington Leslie and husband 
Mike. Relocation to a wonderful 
retirement community in Roswell, 
Ga., near Atlanta and family, proved 
to be a blessing to them all, and 
Jeanne said it's like living in a resort. 
Visits to their extended family of four 
daughters, 15 grandchildren, and five 
great-grands have been curtailed, 
but they have many family members 
nearby and are happy and content in 
Georgia. 

Frances Houston Layton 

called it the hottest summer she 
could remember in the mountains 
of Greenbrier County, WVa., where 
she also spent most of her summers 
when growing up in Charleston. 
Her travels are limited to driving to 
Kentucky as often as possible to visit 
daughter Sarah, son Matthew, their 
spouses, and Sarah's two daughters 
and three granddaughters, who make 
Frances a great-grandmother. At 
home in Lewisburg, she continues to 
play her cello as often as she can get a 
trio or quartet together for a session 
of chamber music. Still heading the 
spay-neuter program for the local 
humane society she added to her own 
menage by adopting an abandoned 
3-year-old Boston terrier she named 
"Peggy" after her first dog of the same 
breed. Fran said Peggy is sweet, cute, 
funny, and loving. Her two aging 
resident Labs readily accepted the 
young newcomer and, Fran believes, 
think she is their puppy Fran added, 
"Because of my dogs, I always have 
someone to talk to, and sometimes 
they even answer back!" 

Earlier in the spring, Lucy 
Vance Gilmer attended a Sullins 
College alumnae 
weekend in 
Bristol, Va. As 
you may recall, 
Lucy is an 
alumna of both 
Sullins and Mary 
Washington, 
having 
transferred in 
1947 after her 

sophomore year. Throughout the 
years, Lucy has contributed greatly 
to Sullins by compiling alumnae 
lists, writing and mailing newsletters, 
and helping organize reunions long 
after Sullins closed in 1978 and King 
College later took over its records. 
When a 2009 reunion produced only 
four attendees, Lucy again answered 
the call of younger members to 
help contact alumnae for the 2010 
reunion. An avid archivist, Lucy 
was no doubt responsible for more 
than 30 attendees and a special 
reunion that she deemed "a happy 
occasion." At the reunion luncheon, 



Lucy addressed the group, relating 
the history of Sullins College. She 
then "passed the doorknob" to a 
younger alumna from Blacksburg, 
Va. Lucy enclosed a copy of a Bristol 
Herald Courier article that included 
a picture of three special attendees, 
including Lucy. She was identified as 
representing the earliest class present. 
Lucy added that at least they didn't 
report that she was the oldest one 
present. (She was!) The next reunion 
is planned for September, and we're 
sure our Lucy will be in the midst of 
that occasion, too. 

Gwen Brubaker Connell of 

Florida felt rather unwell during 
the entire summer but said that 
changed in September when she 
underwent an angioplasty and a 
stent was inserted into an artery in 
her heart. Gwen said the difference 
the procedure made was amazing, 
and she's thankful to live in a time 
when such things are possible. After 
recovering, she and husband lack 
visited friends in North Carolina, 
hoping to see some glorious fall 
color. They had a nice trip but 
missed the usual autumnal display. 
After a hot, dry summer, the lack 
of coloration was widespread. The 
Connells were eagerly anticipating 
the mid-November wedding of a 
couple (widow and widower) they 
introduced two years ago. The couple 
asked the Connells to stand up with 
them, which was a thoughtful honor. 
They enjoy their life, friends, church, 
and each other, and Gwen thinks 
that's pretty good for a couple who 
celebrated their 64th anniversary 
in October. 



Corinne "Conni" Conley Stuart '49 
was called to audition for a Movie of 

the Week. She enjoys new roles and 
thinks that having to learn lines for 
auditions keeps her sharp. 



Katherine "Kate" Mayo 
Schmidt of Palestine, Texas, took a 
three-week trip in May to Virginia 
and Alabama, but she wrote of having 
an idle summer. Her daughter-in-law 
and an artist friend spent a week 
creating their line of jewelry at the 
nearby Schmidt farm. Kate enjoyed 
their visit and was anticipating sister 
Martha's arrival from Alabama, but 
the week before she came, Kate fell 
and suffered a hairline fracture of her 
right ankle. As you know, Kate spent 
the past year healing from injuries 
suffered in the Schmidts' tragic auto 
accident. With her ankle impaired, 



she had to wear a cumbersome boot 
but still was able to get around. 
During her two-week stay, Martha 
served as chauffeur wherever they 
went and Kate was again grateful for 
her presence. The boot wasn't due to 
come off until after Thanksgiving, 
when Kate was expecting a visit from 
her niece, a college student in Dallas. 
Kate also was looking forward to 
spending Christmas with son Bill Jr. 
and his wife, Terri, at their home in 
Albuquerque, N.M. Kate stays busy 
with business things and keeping 
both the home and farm going. 

Marion "Wendy" Selfe Kelly 

and husband George of Lynchburg, 
Va., haven't traveled much recently, 
except for jaunts to visit their 
offspring in Richmond and Fairfax 
and Winston-Salem, N.C. The Kellys 
expected to have their family together 
for Thanksgiving at the Stonewall 
Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Va., and 
to take in a production at Blackfriars 
Playhouse. Wendy enjoys getting 
together at least once a month with 
Anna "Andi" Dulany Lyons for lunch 
and a "gab session." 

As reported previously, two 
of Andi's granddaughters followed 
in her footsteps by attending Mary 
Washington. Because we think you'll 
find the post-graduate endeavors of 
these two alumni interesting and 
inspiring, we have provided an update 
on them and a closer look at the social 
awareness of their generation. 

Andrea Devening '04 

earned her bachelor's degree in 
sociology with a concentration in 
anthropology. During her senior 
year, she studied in Samoa as part 
of the SIT Study Abroad program. 
Since graduating, she has spent 
five years working in refugee 
resettlement in Washington, D.C., 
and Chicago. During the past two 
years, she worked in job placement 
for the refugees and in after-school 
programs for their children. In 
November, she was applying to 
graduate schools to study urban 
planning and historic preservation. 

Chelsea Devening '10 cut 

quite a swath during her four years 
at our alma mater, while majoring 
in international affairs with a 
concentration in Middle Eastern 
studies and the Arabic language. After 
graduation, she traveled to Damascus, 
Syria, for three months to further her 
knowledge of the Arabic language 
and Middle Eastern cultures. While 
attending Damascus University, 
she lived with a Syrian woman who 
housed several other foreign students. 
Chelsea traveled throughout Syria, 
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the diverse cultures, societies, and 
customs of the region. Her father and 
mother, Clay and Martha Devening, 
arrived for the last week of her stay 
in Syria, during which they traveled 
together to several cities in the 
area. The experience was culturally 
educational in that Chelsea was 
able to refute the stereotype many 
associate with Syrians and Middle 
Easterners and to recognize them 
as some of the most welcoming, 
warm, and loving people she has 
encountered. Upon returning home, 
Chelsea's immediate priorities were 
finding a job and attending graduate 
school, but she's eager to return 



restraint do we resist the temptation 
to make an obvious observation 
here!) As an added excitement, they 
recently saw a quartet of raccoons 
cross their roof to a handy dogwood 
that gave access to their deck. Norah 
concluded that, even when staying at 
home, life is not dull! 

Corinne "Conni" Conley Stuart 

and Bonar also were in a dilemma 
when Betsy Thorne Bultman and 

Phelps again wanted to host the group 
in New Hampshire. Conni said she 
absolutely can't make that long drive 
again and Bonar finds air travel too 

difficult these days. In addition to all 

•.-■ 

to Syria. If Andi's 

granddaughters Two granddaughters of Anna 

generationMary " ' "Andi" Dulany Lyons '49 followed 
Washington alumni in her footsteps by attending 

are so concerned \ %* iir i • . 

with the problems 
of today's world 



and dedicated to trying to make 
tomorrow's world better, we believe 
our planet will be in good hands. 

While the aforementioned 
generation travels to many faraway 
places, our classmates tend to think 
their own wanderlust has waned. 
Norah Pitts Byrnes of Atlanta 
recapped their many annual flights 
to London, where Bill enjoyed the 
latest plays, and their return trips 
aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, where 
Norah indulged her love of gambling 
and bridge. After the QE2 left that 
route, they took their return trips 
on the Queen Mary II but didn't 
care as much for that luxury liner. 
Recently, they have stayed closer to 
home. Norah plays in several bridge 
groups and, during the summer, 
tries to get the exercise she requires 
because of a recent heart issue. After 
many years of attending and, in turn, 
hosting their annual suite reunions, 
the Byrneses have not been able to 
join the group of BFF suitemates 
(Norah, Conni Conley Stuart, 
Primm Turner ffrench, and Betsy 
Thorne Bultman), who planned 
their itineraries and traveled many 
miles with their respective husbands 
for the fun-filled weekends. Now, 
time and distance have taken their 
toll. As much as they loved the 
reunions, Norah and Bill no longer 
enjoy flying, and the long drives to 
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or 
Toronto have become prohibitive. 
They have season tickets to the 
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and 
to three other theater groups, which 
keeps them busy, involved, and close 
to home. They also have spent time 
dealing with the many bats they 
hadn't known had taken up residence 
in their attic. (Only in using great 



the pre-flight screening, when flying 
to the States, the Stuarts also must go 
through customs, remove their shoes, 
and stand around while agents peer 
through their luggage. Conni said, 
"The thrill is gone!" After selling their 
lovely lakeside cottage, the Stuarts 
felt quite forlorn and wondered 
what summer in the city would 
be like. They quickly learned that 
summer in Toronto is really hot, in 
terms of both weather and activities. 
There's the Toronto Jazz Festival, the 
Toronto International Film Festival, 
and the Luminato, featuring events 
from around the world. There's The 
Opera House, the ballet, and various 
museums and art galleries. For lovely 
weekends in the country, there's the 
Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the 
Shaw Festival in picturesque Niagara- 
on-the-Lake, and numerous local 
wineries that offer tastings. Conni 
summed it up like this: "If we can no 
longer paddle our canoe, Toronto is a 
good place to be!" During an August 
week spent entertaining a friend from 
Florida, Conni was called to audition 
for a Movie of the Week. She enjoys 
new roles and thinks that having to 
learn lines for auditions keeps her 
sharp. Son Tony and his wife arrived 
from Los Angeles to celebrate their 
26th wedding anniversary and were 
there during the film festival. Elsa, 
the Stuarts' granddaughter in St. 
Louis, now is a freshman honors 
student at Mizzou, the University of 
Missouri in Columbia. She sent them 
a copy of her advanced class schedule 
that includes botany, ecology, 
meteorology, and anthropology. 
Remembering her own freshman 
classes, Conni queried, "Whatever 
happened to English, social studies, 
history, and biology?" 



Thanks to our responding 
classmates for all of the above. As 
ever, love to all of you from both of us- 



Dorothy Held Gawley 
dni gawly@j uno. com 

Greetings to all. I will continue to 
be your Class Agent, God willing, 
at least until our next reunion, 
when maybe someone else will 
take over. I do enjoy the position, 
especially when I receive news of 
your activities and family events. 
As you can see, my home address is 
no longer at the top of the column 
(for privacy reasons), so I can 
be reached only by email. If you 
don't happen to have my address 
from another time, you can mail 
your news to the UMW Office of 
Alumni Relations. 

I want to thank everyone who 
donated and pledged to the annual 
gift and pledge program at our 
reunion time. Our class raised 
$83,551.02 and came in second 
in percentage of donors at 45.27 
percent. You may remember that, 
at our 2000 reunion, our class 
endowed an Arrington Scholarship 
and each year one of the recipients 
who qualifies is named Class 
of 1950 Arrington Scholar. The 
legacy of our class's generosity 
is that the endowed scholarship 
will forever provide funds for a 
qualified student who is a child of 
a Mary Washington faculty or staff 
member. Marcy Weatherly Morris 
and I are so proud of our class. 

In May, just before our 
reunion, The Free Lance-Star 
ran a segment on how the 
all-female Mary Washington 
College welcomed World War II 
veterans. We all know about that! 
A side article entitled Veteran and 
Freshman featured the meeting 
and courtship at Mary Washington 
of Marcy and Juney. 

Thanks to Carmen 
Zeppenfeldt Catoni, we found a 
lost member through Facebook. 
Anne Garlette Maling of San 

Marcos, Texas, has done a lot of 
moving around, with many address 
changes. Messages were received 
from some who could not attend 
the reunion. Ginny Hardy Vance 
of College Park, Md., caregiver 
to husband Paul, said they live 
quietly and peacefully and don't 
worry about what they can't do. 
Kay Venezio Boffa sends greetings 
to all from Shelburne, Vt., with 
regrets that she couldn't join the 
group. Mary Cottingham Hardy 



was sad that this was the first 
reunion she missed. Unfortunately, 
the fall she had 12 years ago was 
causing increased pain in her back 
and left leg, making it difficult 
for her to walk without a cane. 
She still lives alone, manages her 
stairs, and drives. Her son and 
daughter live fairly close by in 
California and are a tremendous 
help. Mary has four grandchildren 
and four great-grands. Gracia 
Plyley Kather, who lives with Rudy 
in Framingham, Mass., also has 
a mobility problem. She has the 
neurological disease CMT, but she 
manages to get around the best 
she can. We had a nice phone chat 
and she sounded upbeat. Barbara 
Lloyd Hiller was sorry to miss our 
get-together. Since husband Jim 
can't travel well anymore, she hopes 
to talk her daughter into driving her 
down to see the campus. First, they 
are concentrating on settling her 
granddaughter, who is interested 
in teaching special needs children, 
into college. The family was to have 
its annual Thanksgiving gathering 
in Ocean City, Md., and Barb 
was looking forward to spending 
time with her 9-month-old great- 
granddaughter. 

Mary Chilton Newell '54 

informed me that sister-in-law 
Betty Harpine Chilton died in 
early August. She said Betty's life 
was characterized by a love of books 
that was nurtured at our alma 
mater. After graduation, Betty's 
devotion to Mary Washington and 
a lifelong quest for learning led 
her to enroll in college courses in 
Northern Virginia and earn her 
master's degree in liberal studies 
at Mary Washington. She taught 
French, Spanish, and college-bound 
English at Osbourn High School 
in Manassas, Va., from 1950 to 
1958. When her sons were older, 
she became a reference librarian 
for Fairfax County schools. Upon 
retirement from teaching, she 
became a sales associate at Borders 
bookstore, leaving in 2006 to care for 
her husband, who predeceased her. 

I had two recent "it's a small 
world" experiences. While on 
Cape Cod, I attended a lecture at 
the historical society of Harwich, 
Mass. Refreshments were served 
afterward, and I overheard someone 
mention she had taken the train 
to Mary Washington in June. 
Naturally, I had to speak with her; 
it was Bonnie Davis Hall '60, 
who had gone down for her 50th 
reunion. We found out we had a 
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same people on the Cape. Then, 

during a Road Scholar (Elderhostel) 

program in the Pennsylvania Amish 

country in October, I found out that 

one or the other attendees, Lenore 

Magill Grimwood '41 of Arizona, 

was a Mary Washington graduate. 

We both were there during the 

Mrs. Bushnell 

era and knew 

the same 

professors, so 

we had a lot 

to talk about. 

Lenore said she 

had attended 

her 50th 

reunion but hadn't returned to the 

campus since then. 

I know most of you enjoy 
reading about what has happened to 
and what is going on in the lives of 
your Mary Washington friends, but 
we also want to hear about you, so 
please email me or get in touch with 
the Office of Alumni Relations. 



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enjoy taking cruises and planned 
to travel in February from San 
Francisco through the Panama 
Canal and back to Miami. Mel 
wrote that Jo Bidgood Dunbar 
called her with news that Shirley 
Van Epps Waple passed away in 
Richmond in September. 



Virginia Orkney Philbrick '52 
has continued her involvement in 
Democratic politics, animal welfare, 
and church and community activities. 



Roselyn Bell Morris 
classnotes@umw.edu 






Corley Gibson Friesen 
corleyfriesen@comcast.net 

There has not been much news 
from the Class of 1952 lately. I 
apologize for neglecting my Class 
Agent duties. My husband and I 
left our mountain home of 20 years 
and moved to a senior community 
near Denver and our children and 
grandchildren. I hope to volunteer in 
the third-grade class of my daughter, 
who is a teacher, and to help my 
granddaughter, a teacher who 
works in a second-grade classroom 
in Aurora, Colo. We no longer 
have toddlers to babysit; our oldest 
grandson is engaged to be married. 

My sister, Marjorie Gibson 
Blaxill, was to visit us for 
Thanksgiving and we planned to 
enjoy being together in Aurora. She 
had a stroke last summer, which has 
slowed her down, but we celebrated 
our 80th birthday together at her 
home in Princeton, N.J. Her son, 
Mark Blaxill, published a book 
about autism. 

Melita Whitcomb Vonier 

and husband Bill have lived in 
Naples, Fla., for 12 years and enjoy 
visits from friends who vacation 
nearby. They have three children, 
who live around the country, and 
eight grandchildren. Mel and Bill 



Virginia Orkney Philbrick 

sent me newspaper clippings 
describing UMW's ambitious plans 
for the future. She and husband 
Phil retired from their work in 
the San Francisco area to live in 
Virginia. Since Phil's death five 
years ago, Ginny has continued her 
involvement in Democratic politics, 
animal welfare, and church and 
community activities. She keeps 
up with her nine children and 13 
grandchildren, who are scattered 
throughout the country. 

Two of Susan Hutcheson 
Jergens' grandsons are in graduate 
school. One is pursuing his master's 
degree in accounting at George 
Mason University; the other was 
ready to start work on his doctorate 
in electrical engineering at the 
University of Illinois. 

Thank you for sending 
your news. 

Rebecca "Becky" Spitzer Harvill 
becbub@earthlink.net 

Bub and I enjoyed a great trip to 
Newfoundland in Canada last 
summer. What a desolate, beautiful 
place! We continue to follow Hokie 
sports, with five children and/or 
grandchildren following in Bub's 
footsteps at Virginia Tech. A Hokie 
granddaughter was married last 
May and planned to graduate from 
dental school at VCU this year. 

After many years of serving on 
the Virginia Opera's statewide board 
of directors, Joan Schlesinger 
Miller was serving the second year 
of her term as board president. 
The opera is unique in that it 
performs four full productions 
at three venues, in Norfolk and 
Richmond and at George Mason 
University, and works with a budget 
of $5 million. This means that Joan 
spends the bulk of her volunteer 
time with the organization. When 



her term as president ends, she 
hopes to continue working with the 
hospital auxiliary. 

Vanessa Vance Moncure '78 

wrote to remind us of the death of 
her mother, Catherine Wyvonne 
Weaver Vance, in December of 
2009. Vanessa's son, Avery, also spent 
some time at Mary Washington, 
so that makes them another three- 
generation UMW family! 

Deigh Renn described her 
summer as being "family-, friend-, 
and fun-filled." In October, she 
enjoyed a visit with Barbara Faxon 
Stout and husband Hal, who left for 
Colorado soon after. Alberta "Bert" 
Shelton has entered the world of 
the historian. Her second article in a 
series of condensations of her book, 
Arnold, Maryland: The Little Post 
Office That Grew, ran in the Anne 
Arundel County Historical Society's 
quarterly publication. 

As usual, our class "Energizer 
Bunny," Peggy Hopkins Johnson, 

is on the go! She enjoyed a trip to 
Ireland with her sister in June and 
went to Italy for almost two weeks 
in October. In the meantime, she 
bought a condo off Sunken Road, 
just below the Jepson Alumni 
Executive Center, 
and moved in with 
help from daughter 
Liz and friends. I'm 
looking forward to 
going up to check 
out everything. 



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death was especially sad for her. 
Barbara Pritchard Jones said that 
"the loss of Jo Harris is still a very 
sad spot in so many hearts. She 
was a dear friend who always made 
one laugh even when things looked 
gray." Ginny wrote, "Jo never lost 
her remarkable sense of humor. We 
started laughing soon after we met 
and laughter still punctuated our 
lunches over the years." I'm sure 
each of us has treasured memories 
of an encounter with Jo. 

Ginny directs a church 
choir, plays piano for various 
activities, and helps John with his 
photography hobby. Their grandson 



Speaking of 
moving, Betsy 
Dickenson Surles 

reminds us that it is 

not for sissies at our 

age! She and Lenny 

had to move on rather short notice 

and she passes on this wisdom to 

her classmates: "A little is enough if 

it meets a need." 

We must add Virginia Bailes's 

evaluation of the summer of 2010 to 
all those we heard in July, August, 
and September. Her adjective of 
choice is "disastrous!" As she cleared 
the garden in the fall, she found 
herself wondering if she could 
cope with another season. She 
continues to clear things out of her 
house, hoping to move someday, 
and she stays in contact with Kitty 
Obenshain and Betty Buck. 

The sad news that Jo Harris 
died in July came from Ginny Poole 
Kinniburgh. Ginny recalls rooming 
with Jo, then being suitemates with 
Gen Suits Lasker and Ada Dodrill 
Gaskill. Gen's lifelong partner, Paul, 
died last May, so the news of Jo's 



The second article in a series 
of condensations of Arnold, 
Maryland: The Little Post 
Office That Grew by Alberta 
"Bert" Shelton '53 ran in the 
Anne Arundel County Historical 
Society's quarterly publication. 



is a freshman at UMW, and their 
granddaughter, a UMW graduate, 
is a student at UVa. Ginny said, "I 
could ask for nothing better for my 
grandchildren than to have them 
keep their special UMW classmates 
as close friends for 57 years." 

In December of 2009, Carolyn 
Keck Redic began a four- month 
journey (with 29 others) as part of 
an Elderhostel University at Sea 
group. She visited the Taj Mahal 
and rode an elephant in India, 
then boarded a ship in Singapore 
to sail the Indian Ocean. The ship 
thwarted a Somali pirate attack. In 
Madagascar, the temperatures were 
so hot that, when a boa constrictor 
was placed around Carolyn's neck, 
she welcomed its cool skin! Some 
of her favorite destinations were 
Bali, Komodo, Hong Kong, Cape 
Town, Victoria Falls, and Petra. 
She also enjoyed a Kenyan safari 



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and sleeping on a Vietnamese junk 

boat in Ha Long Bay. The Egyptian 

monuments were awesome, but 

the Cairo stay was extended nine 

days due to Iceland's volcanic ash. 

Carolyn's husband, Jim, has been 

gone for two years. When she 

isn't traveling 

the world, she 

spends her days 

transporting 

grandchildren 

and enjoying her 

family. 



school reunion in August and 
hoping for cool weather. 

Betty Lou Maier Irwin helped 
her daughter-in-law while she 
recovered from a hip replacement. 
They have adjoining backyards, 



Nancy 
Melton Miller 

and I have had 

a couple of 

conversations 

lately, which 

means I've met 

my laugh quota. What a delight 

she is! 

Please keep in touch and be 
grateful for the Mary Washington 
memories we treasure. 



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Ruth Gillespie Simpson 
regs2000@aol.com 

Linda LeHardy Sweet; her 
houseguests, Barbara "Babs" 
Wilson Taliaferro-Potter and 
Margaret "Margie" Hogg 
Sullivan; and I met in Occoquan, 
Va., for lunch and a mini-reunion 
in late July. Linda and Babs 
attended our last reunion, but I 
hadn't seen Margie for several 
years, and we had a great time. 
Margie was to stay in the area 
for another week or so while 
house-sitting and visiting family 
and friends. Babs and Bob planned 
a trip to Africa along with their 
usual annual travels. 

In late August, Ann "Lewie" 
Payne Long had a back surgery 
that was more extensive than the 
one she had last year. (I hope there 
will be no competition among 
our "bionic club members" over 
the amount of metal in anyone's 
body.) In November, she said she 
was better and about to move 
from a walker to a cane but still 
not driving. We wish her a speedy 
recovery. 

Edith Moody Sheffield 

emailed that it was too hot to 
do much last summer, with 
temperatures climbing to 107. 
They went to their Kitty Hawk, 
N.C., condo once but not to the 
beach. Her son was in Mexico for 
a week, where it was cooler. She 
was working on plans for her high 



Carolyn Keck Redick '53 took a 
four-month Elderhostel University 
at Sea journey, visiting such places 
as Bali, Hong Kong, Cape Town, 
Victoria Falls, and Petra. Along 
the way, she rode an elephant and 
handled a boa constrictor; and her 
ship had to thwart a pirate attack. 



so Betty Lou didn't have to go far. 
When waiting for the ferry leaving 
Nantucket in the fall, she found 
Mary Ann Dorsey Judy and her 
guest, Nancy Root Skinner, also 
heading home, so they had a mini- 
reunion, too. Betty Lou planned to 
head to Naples, Fla., in January. 

Jane Bradfield Davison had 

a bad fall and hit her head in 
June, but she is fine now. She still 
volunteers with the ladies hospital 
board, garden club, and thrift shop. 
Husband Jack, though paralyzed on 
his left side after a stroke in 2002, 
uses a wheelchair and the computer 
with ease. A nurse helps five days 
a week. 

Carolyn Osborne Jenkins 

and Bob went to London, Va., in 
September to see a huge light show 
in which son Craig participated. 
Carolyn said his 30 fixtures were 
phenomenal and the presentation 
was fantastic. They also had a great 
time sightseeing. 

Sadly, we send our sincere 
condolences to Joan Pershing 
Poling, whose husband, Don, died 
suddenly at home in August, and 
to the family of Nancy Poarch 
Daugherty, who died in November. 



Christine Harper Hovis 
chrishovis@aol.com 

It seems as if I've hit a "recession" 
in news from you all. I started early 
with my abject begging to no avail 
- nada, zip, nothing. Even threats 
of my creative "filler" writing didn't 
strike fear in anyone's heart. After 
a second plea, I finally got results, 
and I thank you very much. 



My news revolves around my 
granddaughter, who is spending 
her junior year of high school in 
Germany and having a wonderful 
time. Her overseas family has taken 
her all over the place and she has 
kept a computerized journal. Her 
German is coming along nicely and 
her English is beginning to take on 
German construction! 

In August, Lena "Frenchie" 
French Fuller received from the 
printer copies of her book Original 
Land Survey Atlas of Shenandoah 
County, Va. 1 73 9- 1 850s, which 
has been well received and helps 
families who are searching for their 
ancestors' land. She drew each 
Shenandoah County survey issued 
by Lord Fairfax and the Virginia 
Land Office and placed it on 
modern USGS topographic maps. 
Her two oldest grandsons, along 
with eight of their cousins, married 
last year. Luckily, the happy days 
were spread throughout the year. 

Joan Kleinknecht started work 
on a gigantic 
sunflower 
painting and was 
off to care for two 
children whose 
mother, one of 
Joan's former 
students, has 
become a director 
in her company. 



and Mike put more than 2,000 
miles on their Subaru and saw some 
beautiful countryside. 

Betsy Land Johnson of Green 
Bay, Wis., had a wild and woolly 
summer of traveling. She and 
her oldest daughter took a tour 
of Eastern Europe that started in 
Berlin. They planned to spend 
seven days in the city and hit most 
of the high spots, but it wasn't long 
enough to see all the wonderful 
museums. They then traveled to 
Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, and 
Prague. The tour was outstanding 
and they loved every country they 
visited. Betsy then headed to a 
family reunion in Myrtle Beach, 
S.C., where she spent a week with 
her entire family, as well as her sister 
and most of her family. There were 
28 to gather around the table! Next, 
she traveled with Wisconsin United 
Methodist Church to lea and Pisco 
in Peru on a two-week medical 
mission trip that was rewarding 
but physically challenging. She 
then went to Germany for the 



For Betsy 
Blackwell 
Fowler, the 

highlight of 2009 

was having deep 

brain stimulation 

surgery for 

Parkinsons. 

This involved 

implanting in the 

brain electrodes that are connected 

to a sort of pacemaker. It was highly 

successful in relieving some of the 

annoying symptoms of the disease. 

She also had cataract surgery on 

both eyes and a tooth implant. She 

hoped and expected to return to 

a travel mode in the coming year; 

meanwhile, gardening is her big 

passion. (Betsy, I hope that 2010 was 

a better year for you and that you 

had some wonderful adventures!) 

Ginny Marco Hancock sends 
greetings to everyone. She and 
Mike drove to Traverse City, Mich., 
to visit daughter Rebecca, who is 
second mate on a 1,000-foot Great 
Lakes bulk carrier. When she was 
growing up, she was told that girls 
can perform any job, so there she 
is helping keep this behemoth of a 
ship on course and loving it! Ginny 



Betsy Land Johnson y 55 had an 
entire summer of adventure: She 
and her daughter toured Eastern 
Europe, she then joined 27 other 
family members for a reunion in 
Myrtle Beach, S.C., after which 
she traveled with Wisconsin 
United Methodist Church to lea 
and Pisco in Peru on a two- week 
medical mission trip. To top it all 
off, she then went to Germany for 
the Oberammergau Passion Play. 



Oberammergau Passion Play. She 
thinks this summer will be a Green 
Bay summer. 

Charlotte Fisher Klapproth 

and Chris took a September trip to 
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 
They had a mini-reunion with the 
two couples they traveled with on 
riverboat cruises in Europe. They 
drove through the Great Smoky 
Mountains, shopped, and drank 
beer. There was even moonshine 
available! In November, Charlotte 
and Chris took their RV to Cape 
Charles, Va. She loves the hardware 
store there and had heard of a 
great fabric store on the way to the 
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. 
Next, they traveled to the Outer 
Banks of North Carolina, where 
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hadn't seen in a few years, and ate 
at Charlotte's favorite pizza place. It 
was a restful week for both of them. 
Now everything is back in full 



swing: bell choir 



by driving up to Telluride in 
southwestern Colorado and having 
a nostalgic time walking around 
the runs they used to ski every 



for Chris, chorale 

performances for 

Charlotte, and the 

usual meetings 

and gatherings 

with friends. She 

said, "I cannot 

forget about the 

canasta group, either. My gosh, 

have we gotten this old this fast?" 

Polly Stoddard Heim and Ken 

were back in Tucson, Ariz., where 
blue skies and sunshine abound, for 
the winter. She hoped to see Mary- 
Margaret Papstein Carter when she 
makes her annual trip to Arizona. 

Mary Kate Bird Dellett lives in 
Oregon in the summer and Arizona 
in the winter and would love 
visitors in either place. Her hobby 
is volunteering as a tax preparer for 
the elderly from February through 
April. She also stays busy with the 
American Association of University 
Women, church, friends, and 
travel. She is proud and excited that 
daughter Katherine (Kathy Grace) 
Hammack was appointed assistant 
secretary of the Army in charge of 
all Army installations worldwide. 
Mary Kate said that Katherine 
is well qualified for the post and 
extremely good at telling everyone 
what to do. Mary Kate was to spend 
Christmas with her and the family 
at Hilton Head, S.C. 

Sally Watson Castle took the 
Mary Washington trip to Egypt 
and Jordan with her son and his 
wife. Since then, the couple has 
had twins, which makes eight 
grandchildren for Sally. Both 
her son and daughter live in Sun 
Valley, Idaho, but she is thankful 
that her third child lives near her. 
She planned to travel to Florida in 
February for the winter. 

Nancy Shope Armbruster 

and Joe still live in Plaza del 
Monte, a retirement community 
in downtown Santa Fe, N.M. Last 
February, they took a Caribbean 
cruise on Holland America. They 
left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visited 
several islands, then traveled 
down to the Panama Canal, where 
they learned about how the canal 
operates and some of its history. 
Nancy said the food on cruises 
is remarkably delicious and 
constantly available. Weight gain, 
not seasickness, is the great danger 
of cruising. In August, she and )oe 
celebrated their 55th anniversary 



Sandra Cutchins Pittman '56 and 
Gary have traveled to all 50 states, 
as well as Norway, Germany, 
Russia, China, and Spain. 



year for more than 30 years. Their 
four children (hope that's right 
and I didn't miss anyone) live in 
California, Colorado, Indiana, and 
Santa Fe, and they visit 
fairly regularly. 

Again, I want to thank everyone 
who responded with news. You all 
are saved from my meanderings and 
my inability to leave great unfilled 
spaces. So, until the next deadline, 
take care and stir up some trouble. 







Ann Chilton Power 
acpowerl @earthlink.net 

I keep busy with my Out of the Attic 
column for the local newspaper, 
which led me into a small group 
writing a history of Warrenton, Va., 
for its bicentennial. I visited Chicago 
in June and British Columbia in 
July with my cousin, Mary Chilton 
Newell '54 and her husband, Bill. I 
went on the Rappahannock County 
artists' tour last fall and visited 
Nancy Schultz '58, who is a popular 
artist there. She was a member of 
Russell Walther's equestrian group 
and is in touch with Marion Lee. I 
remember Ozzie Mask and Claire 
Williams Parker being part 
of that group, too. Nancy, who 
returns to her native Wisconsin in 
the summers, explained that she 
came to Mary Washington when 
she learned of its riding program 
from a school catalog that fell 
at her feet from a shelf in a high 
school study hall! 

In October, I attended a 
reception and lecture at George 
Washington's Mount Vernon, where 
Sandra Day O'Connor was the 
speaker. Coincidentally, she had 
recently visited my son at his office 
in Reno, Nev, where he is publisher 
of the Reno Gazette-Journal. I also 
attended a re-enactment of Ware 
vs. Hylton, a 1790s Supreme Court 
case, that was presided over by 
Justice Samuel Alito in the Supreme 
Court chambers, with a reception 
Following. Both events were very 
informative to this political science 



junkie! I had never toured the 
Supreme Court building and am 
infatuated with the new museum at 
Mount Vernon. 

Sandra Cutchins Pittman 

and Gary celebrated their 50th 
anniversary with a trip to the 
Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania 
with their four sons, their 
daughters-in-law, and their six 
grandchildren, who range from 
kindergarten- through college-age. 
Sandra and Gary have traveled to 
all 50 states, as well as Norway, 
Germany, Russia, China, and Spain. 
They planned to travel to Australia 
and New Zealand in late fall and 
return home in time for Christmas. 



column is only as good as the news 
you all take the time to send. 

I'll begin with the sad and end 
with happier news. Barbara Dill 
Montgomery died in October. 
Her husband, Charlie, sent a short 
synopsis of Barbara's life. They had 
three daughters, Susan, Linda, and 
Elizabeth; a son, Stephen; and five 
grandchildren. Barbara was quite a 
golfer and won many tournaments at 
Washington Golf and Country Club 
and Rehoboth Beach Country Club. 
She was stricken with peripheral 
neuropathy, which caused her to 
wear leg braces. When she was 
forced to give up golf, she switched 
to bridge, after a 40-year hiatus! 
She stayed busy with women's 
organizations and was a driving force 
behind the Susan G. Komen Rally for 
the Cure at Rehoboth Beach Country 
Club. Having been a breast cancer 
survivor since 1986, she was perfect 
for the job, as she was always bright 
and optimistic about life and people. 
Barbara will be sorely missed by all 
who knew and loved her. 



Ann Davis Spivey had lunch 
with Susan Bender Trotter in 

Richmond and enjoyed catching 
up on grandchildren and quilt 
projects. Ann and husband Joe 
visited with Judy Denton Quillen 
and her husband, also Joe, at their 
cabin in Abingdon, Va., during the 
height of the autumn color. She had 



Mickey Foley McDaniel was 

busy preparing for our 55th reunion 
the first weekend of June. She 
traveled all the way from Atlanta to 
UMW in August for the planning 
meeting. Carole Petley Toone, 
Nanalou West Sauder, and others, 
including myself, joined her for a 
day. We hope you will reward us 
with your attendance. Nanalou 
has arranged for our class to have 
dinner at Brompton, a lovely setting 
for us to get together over surf 
and turf, veggies, salad, dessert, 
and wine on that Friday evening. 
Imagine drinking on campus! 
Nanalou loves her new home in 
Kendal at Lexington. She can cook 
when she pleases or eat with peers 
in the dining 

room, she enjoys Erna MacLaughlin Lawrence '57 
her two cats and an d Kmt amended a gathering of 

exercises regularly ° ° J 

in the community her clan at the MacLachlan Castle 
pool and by on Loch Fyne in Scotland. At the 

walking her 

cocker spaniel, 1 796 castle, they met MacLachlans 

Layla. she keeps from eight countries. 

in touch with 

another cocker 

owner, Ozzie Mask, who continues the opportunity to visit with our 

with her Sweet Adelines choral new president and his wife in early 

group. Who doesn't remember October. They traveled together to 

Ozzie singing and strumming in the Chile in 2008. 

halls of Mary Washington? „ „, , ^ Jrx „ 

; 6 Betty Rhodes O Donnell 

My computer is aging faster wrote a lovely note. She wields her 

than I am, and the feedback is pen like an accomplished writer, 

sparse. Perhaps it is time to "hang so I'll just copy her words. "On an 

it up," but I hope to see you at the overcast late October afternoon, the 

reunion first. deciduous trees at Craftsman Farms 

were especially vibrant and the 
beautiful property most appealing 
where noted turn-of-the-century 
designer Gustav Stickley's former 
Joan Callahan Frankhauser home and workshops are located in 

mahlonandjoan@verizon.net Morrjs p , amS) RJ The property is 

Special kudos go to Polly Smith a National Historic Site and offers 

Nelson for the wonderful job visitors an appealing glimpse of the 

she did as our Class Agent the Art « and Crafts Movement, with 

past three years. I thank those of its distinctive wooden furniture, 

you who responded to my recent textiles, metal, and ceramic, all of 

postcard with your news. The hi g h q ualit Y- The sma11 museum was 



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a recent discovery, as my daughter, 
Megan, who my husband and I were 
visiting, moved to Morristown two 
months ago." 

Jean Durham Busboso and 

husband Buz celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary with family 
and friends. With one exception, 
their wedding was a simple one. 
Buz's family in Hawaii was unable 
to attend and sent a bushel of 
orchids. The flowers were used to 
decorate the cake, reception table, 
and matron of 
honor's bouquet, 
and scattered by 
the flower girl 
as she walked 
down the center 
aisle. Orchids 
were also used for 
decorations at the 
50th celebration, 
again on the 

cake and also in combination with 
magnolia leaves to decorate the 
tables. Among the guests were Jean's 
former roommate Joyce Bristow 
Wrestler, who also attended the 
Busbosos' 1960 wedding, and her 
husband, Cliff. She ends with this 
statement: "Orchids (from Hawaii) 
and magnolias (from Virginia) are a 
winning combination, just as [the] 
marriage has been!" 

Meredith Puller Townes and 

husband Jack had quite a year. They 
spent five days in London, then flew 
to France, where their visit to the 
beaches at Normandy was a powerful 
and moving experience. The 
Towneses have two granddaughters, 
one in high school and one in middle 
school, and three grandsons, two 
in college and one in high school. 
Grandson Jake received the Eagle 
Scout Award in the spring. Meredith 
still plays golf and bridge, and she 
sees Ann Winters Haynie once in 
a while. 

Barbara Morton Williamson 

moved to Carol Woods, a retirement 
community in Chapel Hill, N.C., 
to be closer to daughter Amy, 
who lives in Charlotte, teaches in 
a charter school, and had baby 
Penelope (Barbara's first grandchild) 
in October. At her new home, 
Barbara enjoys an interesting group 
of people, many who have taught 
at nearby colleges and universities 
and have fascinating tales to tell. She 
would love to hear from classmates 
in the area, and you can contact me 
for her address. 

Joyce Bristow Wrestler 

continues to sing in a church choir 
and in community performances, 
like The Messiah and concerts at 



Virginia Wesleyan College. She's 
thankful she can still sing and even, 
sometimes, still hit the old high C. 
(She still has her sense of humor 
intact, I might add!) She continues to 
quilt and sew a little and is part of the 
worldwide service organization Pilot 
International. She and Cliff, who 
celebrated their 50th anniversary last 
year, have traveled quite a bit. Last 
summer, they took a cruise to Italy 
and Greece, witnessed a Stromboli 
eruption, and saw Pompeii and the 
Roman ruins. The poor job market 



Joyce Bristow Wrestler '57 and 
Cliff, who celebrated their 50th 
anniversary, took a cruise to Italy 
and Greece, witnessed a Stromboli 
eruption, and saw Pompeii and the 
Roman ruins. 



has affected some of the Wrestler 
offspring, but Joyce has faith that 
things will slowly improve. They 
have four grandchildren. 

Betsy Jones Ware's son, Latani 
Jr., and his family plan to remain in 
Argentina for three years instead of 
the two they'd previously planned. 
Betsy's granddaughters, ages 13 and 
10, go to St. Andrew's Scots School 
and their parents take courses at the 
University of Buenos Aires. Latani 
and Betsy were looking forward to 
visiting them in December. Daughter 
Elizabeth works for a financial 
consulting firm in Richmond. Betsy 
often sees Lucy Meade and husband 
Eddie, who retired from Davenport 
and Co. in Richmond. 

Erna MacLaughlin Lawrence 

and Kent attended a gathering of 
her clan at the MacLachlan Castle 
on Loch Fyne in Scotland. Clan 
Chief Euan MacLachlan, who 
still lives in the "new" 1796 castle, 
hosted the three-day event. They 
met MacLachlans from eight 
countries, including Australia and 
New Zealand, and loved visiting the 
hauntingly beautiful ruins of the 
original 1300s castle, destroyed by 
the British after the 1746 Battle of 
Culloden. The clan is trying to raise 
money to restore the old castle and 
to keep the on-site restaurant going. 
Contact Erna if you're looking for a 
charming place to stay in Scotland! 

Vickie Majure Souder was 

heading to London, where one 
daughter and her family live, then to 
Paris to visit her younger son and his 
family. Jane Sjostrom Wyman and 
her husband, both active Shriners, 
enjoy a quiet and peaceful life with 
their family. 



Ellen Hertz Hewitt and 

Charlie were in France for a month, 
spending a week with Barbara 
Russell Karski, who went to Mary 
Washington her freshman year, and 
her husband, Michel. The Hewitts 
also spent three days with a French 
friend Ellen hadn't seen in 65 years. 
He and his brother lived with her 
family in Connecticut after World 
War II, while their parents returned 
to Paris to see if it was safe to bring 
the family home. After several 
attempts, Ellen finally located the 
brothers and had a wonderful visit 
with one of them. The other lives 
in Philadelphia. She and Charlie 
planned to attend an ecumenical 
convention in Fredericksburg in 
December and had reservations 
at the Jepson Alumni Executive 
Center. They thought the price was 
worth it for the fun of spending a 
night on campus. Ellen visited with 
Cathy Wall Rice in Charlottesville, 
where Ellen's husband, Charlie, 
and Cathy's husband, Ben, former 
fraternity brothers, were celebrating 
their reunion. The couples see each 
other at U.Va. football games. 

Lets step back a bit more to 
our days at Willard! Carol Bewley 
Dalhouse wrote that she lived on 
the third floor of Willard and the 
top floor of Mason. She'll never 
forget bringing her 6-week-old 
daughter to visit 
and catching 
her class lining 
up in Ball Hall 
to practice for 
graduation! 
That baby, 
by the way, 
was Laurie 
Dalhouse 
Saunders '79. 
Carol's father 
was on the 
board at that 

time and was able to award her 
diploma. It was a great moment! 
Carol has many friends nearby who 
graduated from Mary Washington 
(May Meyer Justice and Helene 
Martin Vest) or spent a year or two 
there (Joyce Lennon Goodwin, 
Virginia Lee Cox Trippear, Nancy 
Pilcher Hagan, and Carol's dear 
friend Ann Masters Davy, who 
died last December). Sadly, Carol's 
sister, Janet Bewley Edmunds '59, 
died two years ago. Carol said that, 
though all of us are much older 
than we ever imagined, she still 
pictures our classmates as young 
and full of spirit as we were in 
the mid-'50s. She keeps up with 
everyone by avidly reading Class 
Notes and wishes more people 
would write so that her memories 



would be more complete. Carol 
said, "I think fondly of Lois Prime, 
Meredith Puller, Sandy Ball, and 

many more." 

Thank you all for sending your 
news! 

Susannah Godlove 
sgodlove@valleyhealthlink.com 

Jerry Stocks Sample had a surgery 
that went well but left her on 
painkillers tor a while. Over the 
Halloween weekend, Jerry, Mary 
McCardell Furr, and Carol Ann 
LaSalle McMahon Roberts, along 
with their husbands, had their 
annual roommates' reunion at 
Mary's house in Norfolk, Va., 
where they have met tor 17 years. 
Their fourth roommate, Francis 
Karins Updike, and husband 
Bud, who had already left for their 
winter home in Florida, could not 
join them this year. The group is 
grateful that Mary Washington 
helped form these wonderful 
friendships so many years ago. 

Sally Boyce Sullivan has 

lived in Dallas with her family 
since March of 1960. She writes 
that Dallas is a beautiful, cultural, 
and booming community. Sally 



Peggy Kelley Reinburg '58 has 
performed solo organ recitals 
throughout the United States, 
Canada, Germany, France, and the 
Netherlands. She also is an organ 
design and restoration consultant 
and frequently lectures on that topic 
as well as on sacred music. 



enjoys spending time with her two 
children and two grandchildren, 
who live nearby. Her husband, a 
CPA, has had his own business 
since 1980 and she has been his 
secretary. They enjoy going on 
cruises, especially to the Panama 
Canal, Alaska, the Mediterranean, 
and Northern Europe. 

Kay Martin Britto had 

fun attending the American 
Library Association meeting 
in Washington, D.C., with her 
daughter, a librarian in Leesburg, 
Va. Kay had a great visit with her 
sophomore roommate, who lives in 
her family home outside Richmond. 

Nancy Prosee Kurz shared 
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golf course that is now the site 
of UMW's Battleground Athletic 
Complex, and being a day student. 
She still has family in Fredericksburg 
and visits every few months. She 
has a large doll collection and 
participated in the annual doll show 
there last year. Some of her favorite 
Mary Washington memories are 
from the years when she sang in 
the choir under the direction of 
Dr. George Luntz. Nancys minor 
was in school music and she taught 
in Maryland and Delaware. Her 
oldest son, a pianist, is on the statt 
of Rice University in Houston and 
plays in the Houston Symphony. 
In January of 2010, Nancy, her 
husband, and her other son attended 
the symphony's performance of The 
Planets at Carnegie Hall. She retired 
10 years ago after a career in human 
resources at a local bank. She spends 
time with her two grandchildren, 
roots for the Philadelphia Phillies, 
reads, and sings with her church's 
cantata choir. 

Peggy Kelley Reinburg has 

had a long career in music. She 
received a bachelor's degree in 
music from Mary Washington and 
a masters degree in church music 
and musicology from Northwestern 
University in Evanston, 111., where 
she studied with Richard Enright. 
She completed postgraduate 
coursework at the School of Sacred 
Music at Union Theological 
Seminary in New York City and was 
a student of the renowned Gustav 
Leonhardt. Peggy is artistic director 
of the Organ Swell recital series 
presented by the Tidewater chapter 
of the American Guild of Organists 
at the Virginia Arts Festival and 
is founder and artistic director 
of Ensemble Baroque, based in 
Norfolk. She has performed solo 
organ recitals throughout the 
United States, Canada, Germany, 
France, and the Netherlands. She 
is an organ design and restoration 
consultant and frequently lectures 
on that topic as well as on sacred 
music. Peggy, a strong advocate 
for youth involvement in music, 
designed and co-implemented the 
1988 AGO national pilot projects 
for the Pipe Organ Encounters 
youth program. This year, she will 
tour the United States with her 
lecture-recital commemorating the 
centennial anniversary of French 
organist and composer Jehan Alain. 

I moved to another unit at Fort 
Loudoun Apartments, and my mail 
has been a little messed up. When 
the Office of Alumni Relations sent 
postcards, I received one addressed 
to myself in Winchester, Va., and 



one, which I forwarded, addressed 
to Betty Morin Goble in Snellville, 
Ga. I want to thank our classmates 
who took the time to write. 

Edna Gooch Trudeau 
ednanewkent@verizon.net 

My 18-month-old grandson, Lucas, 
starts running as soon as his feet hit 
the floor in the morning and falls 
out at night. He's speaking in short 
sentences and his grandmother 
adores everything he does. 

Martha Spilman Clark's boys' 
home in Lima, Peru, was washed 
away during the summer floods, 
and they were temporarily housed 
in an old hotel. They were looking 
for a place to rebuild in the same 
area. Martha's husband, Paul, found 
land for another home that was 
to be added to their worksite this 
year. Repairs to the Amazon Hope 
medical ship are complete and it 
can again sail to provide aid to 
those in need. The Clarks' program 
for the deaf is growing. Son Billy 
is busy with work teams that 
have shown much advancement. 
Martha enjoyed her daughter's visit 
and especially her three children. 
Martha teaches a community Bible 
study class for women of all ages 
and sings in a women's choir in 
Lima. Paul continues as director of 
Scripture Union. They enjoy good 
health and are committed for life to 
their missionary work. 

Irene Piscopo Rodgers and 

Don visited relatives in Kansas and 

Pennsylvania during the summer. 

Irene still does microscopy at 

Hunter College but on her own 

terms and when she wants to! 

Gloria Winslow Borden was in 

Hawaii last summer, and Audrey 

Dubetsky 

Doyle joined 

her for five 

days. Aud is 

hanging in 

there, with 

some good 

and some not-so-good days. Her 

three children live nearby and are 

her strongest support. 

Phyllis Hartleb Rowley was 

planning a big birthday party for 
her husband in October. They 
visited son Phillip and family in 
San Francisco in September and 
planned to see Stanford play Wake 
Forest and USC. Jane Tucker 
Broadbooks and John celebrated 
their 50th anniversary with a cruise 
to Bermuda. Son Jon Karl and 
family visited for a week in July. 



Cecile Duncan Folan received 
a letter from Frances Bourke Firth, 

who took an Alaskan cruise and 
land tour with husband Roger. 
Cecile also spoke with Mary Louise 
Cork Hendrix, who was recovering 
from a broken bone in her upper 
arm after falling while watering her 
yard, and Sigrid Stanley Jackman, 
who planned to take a two-week 
trip to Barbados with husband Bill 
in October. 

Marne Reese Jones had a 

mini-reunion with Cecile, Carol 
Kowalski Reidy, Yvonne Wright 
Floyd, and Zada Taylor Knackle. 
In one afternoon, they managed 
to overeat, talk nonstop, and solve 
many world problems. 






Jody Campbell Close 
jodycampbellclose60@alumni.umw.edu 

Karen Larsen Nelson 
karenlarsen60@alumni.umw.edu 

It's hard to believe that our 50th 
reunion was a year ago. Jody 
and I are still processing all the 
memories, as are most of you who 
were there, I'm sure. 

Darrell and I (Karen) had 
a busy two months of RV travel 
on the East Coast last summer, 
including Mother's Day with our 
son and his family in Florida, 
driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, 
attending the reunion, visiting 
friends and relatives in the 
Washington, D.C., area, and ending 
with a week at Disney World with 
our whole family, including 17 
grandchildren and their parents! 
We celebrated our 50th anniversary 
in September with two parties, 
one during a dance weekend in 
Albuquerque, N.M., and a later 



Jane Tucker Broadbooks '59 and John 
celebrated their 50th anniversary with 
a cruise to Bermuda. 



one here in Mesa, Ariz., with local 
friends. We still round dance in 
the winter. We plan to return to 
our trailer in the mountains for 
Memorial Day and a relatively 
peaceful season at senior summer 
camp, with no major travel plans. 

Jody's two sons are Marine 
colonels stationed at Quantico, 
Va., and her daughter, who lives 
in Washington, is a leadership/ 
organizational development 
counselor. As if owning up to the 
years during our 50th reunion 



wasn't enough to turn Jody's hair 
white, her first-born, who created 
quite a stir at Mary Washington 
just before graduation, turned 50 
in 2010 and plans to retire in the 
next couple of years. Jody said, 
"I am NOT old enough to have 
an old retiree for a son!" She also 
wrote that she has "enjoyed" one 
adventure (or misadventure) after 
another since our reunion. Most 
recently, the refrigerator installers 
inadvertently pinched the copper 
water line that ran behind the 
wall, and it streamed water for 
some time before she discovered 
it flowing into the dining room. 
Much repair and confusion, not to 
mention sloshing, followed. It kind 
of spoiled her new-car celebration, 
but with reliable wheels, she was 
itching for a road trip and said that 
she might have to take an alumnae 
tour and pop in on many of you to 
collect your news. Jody still enjoys 
genealogy and planned to take a 
14-week certification course at 
Boston University. 

Janet Hook Foley, Dee Merrill 
Albright, and Rita Knupp Burke 

(roomies and suitemate) did not 
attend the reunion in June but 
chose to do their own in July. 
They toured the campus, had fun 
watching and giving directions to 
the new students who were lost, 
and enjoyed cutting across the 
grass in Ball Circle, legally. They 
visited old haunts in downtown 
Fredericksburg, were amazed by 
the new Eagle Landing apartment 
complex, and planned another 
reunion in a year or so. (Sounds 
like what we did at the official 
reunion, and there were 42 of us 
doing it together.) 

Sharane "Mickey" McManus 
Dukatz wrote that she had intended 
to reconnect with us for years, after 
she began receiving the alumni 
magazine, and is delighted to be 
back in touch. (She and I, Karen, 
were Mary Washington majorettes.) 
Mickey transferred after sophomore 
year and finished her education at 
the University of Minnesota. She 
and Frank winter at Bullhead City, 
Ariz., just a few hours from us. 

Joyce Neill Krost has gotten 
back into painting seriously in 
the past few years and loves it, as 
always. She spent a few months in 
Spain, with a side trip to Africa, 
visiting family and painting. Her 
sister lives in Spain, and her son, 
Neill, a diplomat with the State 
Department, lives with his wife and 
two boys in Tunisia. Needless to 
say, Joyce was well taken care of and 
spoiled in both places. She lives in 



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a condo near a lake in Cleveland. 
Her three other children live within 
a few miles of her, so she gets lots 
of time with the grandchildren. 
Joyce said, I am "thankful for my 
years at Mary Washington and the 
liberal education that seems to have 
prepared me for whatever comes 
my way." 

Several months ago, Jody and 
I gave the ladies on our email lists 
an assignment to share their Mary 
Washington memories with us. 
Betty Ditmars Prosser listed these 
reminiscences: the hushed sounds 
of footsteps and the smell on an 
early spring morning as we walked 
to the dining room, midnight 
curfews, makeshift kitchens on 
the dorm floor, hotplates warming 
endless cups of coffee, bridge 
games, cramming for exams, 
Marine Corps balls in October, the 
bookstore and the heaviness of the 
texts, visits to 
Washington, 
D.C., crossing 
the highway 
to Howard 
Johnson, formal 
teas with white 
gloves, lyceums, 
talking long 
into the night, 

bonding with our room- and 
hall-mates, having sisters after all 
the years, gathering the mail at the 
school post office, awaiting letters 
from far-away boyfriends and 
family, wearing Bermudas under 
our trench coats, being addressed 
in class as "Miss" instead of by 
our first names, and watching and 
waiting for life to happen to us. 
Betty wrote that Mary Washington 
was "not only an education; it 
was cultivation, motivation, and 
inspiration. There were lessons to 
be learned inside and outside of 
books. There was maturity to be 
reached and recognized. We were 
learning about the world and our 
place in it. Mary Washington was 
a beginning that introduced us to 
our future and hopefully prepared 
us for it. We were what we would 
become and we are who we are 
because of those years. A toast to 
Mary Washington . . . and cheers 
to the dedicated professors and 
staff who nurtured our dreams 
and made us a 'family' away from 
home. We shall remember Mary 
Washington always." 

Betty Oliver Bridgman wrote 
to thank us for remembering her 
birthday and said it's still great to 
live in Colorado. Joan Scarritt 
Reynolds wrote that she was 
happy that she followed through 



on last-minute plans to attend 
our 50th reunion, and she praised 
the committee members for their 
excellent work. This past fall, 
Joan spent a week in Connecticut, 
followed by two weeks with 
friends in France, where there 
were no crowds, few tourists, 
and nice weather, and they were 
fortunate to have had the use of 
a Paris apartment on Boulevard 
du Montparnasse. They weren't 
terribly inconvenienced by the 
strikes but had problems finding 
gas on strike days. Joan also spent 
time with friends on a horse farm in 
Normandy and visiting a UNESCO 
heritage site at Carcassonne. 

Jody was in touch with several 
classmates. Bayla Goldberg Manis 
reported that she is well and sent 
greetings. Nancy Moncure Deiss, 

who was at Reunion Weekend 
and seated in the front row of 



Sue Smith Goodrick y 60 celebrated 
her birthday with a four-day trip, 
visiting Asheville, touring the 
Biltmore Estate, and taking a lazy 
drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 



our infamous class picture, also 
sent her good wishes. Sue Smith 
Goodrick, in the second row of 
our picture, was planning an April 
river cruise on the Rhine. She 
was on a barge cruise last season 
and made a run to Australia right 
after Reunion. She celebrated her 
birthday with a four-day trip, 
visiting Asheville, N.C., where 
she toured the Biltmore Estate 
and took a lazy drive along the 
Blue Ridge Parkway. Betty Call 
Snead Dorset's husband's serious 
health concerns kept her from our 
reunion, but she wanted to hear all 
your news and was proud to tell us 
about her daughter, an acclaimed 
physician; her son-in-law, an 
equally skilled Air Force physician 
serving overseas; and her four 
darling grandchildren. 

Finally, on a sad note, Mary 
Jane Stevens Taylor reported that 
her four-year Mary Washington 
roomie, Jean Clark Weatherson, 

died in September of medical 
complications following surgery. 
She was a military wife who 
devoted her time to her family, 
military families, and her church. 

Keep those emails coming, 
ladies. There are lots of classmates 
waiting with baited breath for 
your news. 







cfuO 



Connie Booth Logothetis (A - L) 
connielogothetis@gmail.com 

Lynne Williams Neave (M - Z) 
lyneave@aol.com 

[Please send news to the designated 
Class Agent according to the first 
letter of your MAIDEN name.] 

From Connie: By the time you 
read this, our 50th reunion will 
nearly be upon us. I am excited 
and hope you are, too! Much of my 
news is gleaned from making my 
reunion giving calls, which were 
such fun, as though 50 years had 
not passed. 

Andy and I spent a week 
exploring the Outer Banks of North 
Carolina in September, before 
all the rains, and planned to go 
on a South American Overseas 
Adventure Travel trip in January to 
Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and the 
Chilean fjords. 

Due to an editing error in the 
fall/winter issue of University of 
Mary Washington Magazine, the 
following information regrettably 
was linked to the wrong class 
member. It should have read: 
Connie Booth Logothetis is 
playing some tennis and was 
on a USTA senior team that 
went to the North Carolina state 
championships. She said it was lots 
of fun even though her team didn't 
win the trophy! She and Andy spent 
10 days visiting her sister, Linkey 
Booth Green '63, in Carlisle, Pa., 
where they biked, kayaked, ate 
out, and went to outdoor concerts. 
Connie and Andy enjoy grandson 
Leo, who is a constant talker! 
Mary Hatcher and Connie got 
together for lunch and to exchange 
gardening information. Mary has 
taken the Master Gardener course 
and Connie is partially re-doing 
her yard. 

In August, Noreen Galvin 

Dunn, who lives on St. Croix in 

the U.S. Virgin 

Islands, wrote 

that she and 

Judy LaRoe 

Hare are 

interested in 

"this amazing 

reunion." During 

the last 50 years, Noreen has had 

plenty of fun and been lucky 

enough to travel, work in many 

places, and achieve a little bit of 

success. At 68, she passed the exam 

to become one of three commercial 

appraisers on St. Croix. She also 



was appointed to the Real Estate 
Appraisal Board and makes several 
trips to the United States each 
year. She joined the local theater 
group and starred in the play 
Proof. Husband George is retired 
and daughter Catherine joined 
Noreen's company. 

Boson Books of North 
Carolina published Kelly Cherry's 

collection of stories called The 
Woman Who as a paperback and 
an e-book in September. She spent 
time last summer working on 
a long poem at the Institute for 
Advanced Study in Princeton, 
N.J. Husband Burke Davis was 
renovating their house, which 
meant they spent a few months in 
a rental. Earlier this year, Kelly was 
named Virginia's Poet Laureate. 

Pepper Jacobs Germer and 

Hank discovered what several 
classmates already have undertaken: 
trips with Grand Circle Travel or 
Overseas Adventure Travel. The 
Germers went to Paris and on a 
Seine River cruise for three weeks 
in March and were "treated like 
kings and queens!" Their other 
travels were to local attractions 
such as Franklin, Tenn., where 
they visited Carnton Plantation 
and Battlefield. They have gone to 
Branson, Mo., for fun, shopping, 
and excellent shows and to Virginia 
to visit old friends. They have one 
grandchild, 2 -year-old Henry, and 
were delighted that their daughter 
and her family moved from 
California to the Houston area. 
Now they can make the 10-hour 
drive from Jonesboro, Ariz., to visit 
as often as possible. A trip with 
their son to San Miguel de Allende 
in Mexico was planned for the 
fall. Pepper's summer project was 
making "fussy" seat covers for her 
dining room chairs. She and Hank 
are active in their church and feel 
very blessed. Pepper said, "We can't 
wait to come to our 50th reunion!" 

Charlotte Howard Austin 

and Hank of Papillion, Neb., 
also are excited about coming to 



Linda Sue Olinger Shaw '61 has a 
graduate degree from Harvard and 
is a retired economics professor at 
Longwood University. 



Fredericksburg for our 50th. In 
October, they planned to visit 
friends as they traveled across the 
country to Charleston, S.C., where 
they were to spend eight days and 
attend Hank's 50th reunion at The 
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Washington campus, they ran into 
the assistant dean of admissions, 
who gave them a tour and showed 
them the renovations to Ball Hall. 
Charlotte said, "I am looking 
forward to seeing everyone." 

Dee Doran Cairns and 

Doug returned from New York in 
November, having spent two days 
at West Point, seeing a parade and 
attending the 
Air Force-Army 
football game. 
Air Force 
won, but Dee 
said that, as 
an Army brat 

and mom, she would have been 
happy either way! Being at West 
Point brought back memories 
of weekend trips from Mary 
Washington and visits with son 
Rob during his four years there. 
They planned to come to the 
reunion with Patty Cairns Hourin 
and Jim. On a trip to Virginia 
and Pennsylvania last year, Carol 
Grant LeMay visited Mary 
Washington for the first time since 
graduation and couldn't believe all 
the changes. The highlight of the 
trip was meeting Bev Carlson Shea 
and Jim in Gettysburg, Pa. Carol 
felt as though they had just seen 
each other a week before. They 
also visited the National Museum 
of the Marine Corps at Quantico 
and traveled through West Virginia 
on the way home. The LeMays 
spend a lot of time running the 
roads to Birmingham, Ala., where 
daughter Jill lives with her family, 
and they attended grandson Jacob's 
sixth birthday party. Carol still 
conducts tours of historic Natchez 
in Mississippi. They planned to 
take a 12-day cruise on the eastern 
Caribbean in February as an early 
celebration of their 50th wedding 
anniversary. Carol hopes to make 
it to the reunion and looks forward 
to seeing everyone. 

Eleanor Knight Jensen 

and Cliff of Connecticut took 
a short trip to New Hampshire 
and Vermont to view the fall 
foliage. The weather cooperated 
and the colors were spectacular. 
They stayed at the Crotched 
Mountain Resort in Francestown, 
N.H., which is operated by Shell 
Vacations, the company they rent 
from on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

Carolyn Crum Pannu wrote 
that she is thrilled about the 
reunion. She and Pat Scott Peck, 

who plan to be roommates, are to 
meet in Washington, D.C., before 
the reunion and return there for 
a short visit before heading west 



again. Carolyn spoke with Lynne 
Williams Neave about money 
for the Reunion Eagle Award and 
said that she is saving for that 
donation and hopes our class will 
be generous. She is thankful to 
have received a solid education 
and made lifelong friends at Mary 
Washington. Carolyn visited with 
Renee Levinson Laurents in Los 
Angeles twice, staying once with 



The Chesapeake Bay Foundation 
named Kay Slaughter '61 Virginia 

Conservationist of the Year for 2010. 



her and her darling pet family 
and again on Labor Day weekend, 
when she and Kara joined Renee 
for a snack in Santa Monica. 
Carolyn planned to go to Dallas 
for Thanksgiving with son Raj and 
grandson Alex, a kindergartener 
who is reading and loves sports 
and school. 

Babs Buse Johnson of Bowie, 
Md., transferred to Gettysburg 
College after two years with us, 
but she feels very close to our 
class and plans to come to the 
reunion with Matt McCeney 
Campbell of Nashville, Tenn., 
and Jean Ryan Farrell. Babs lives 
close to her 96-year-old mother, 
outside Annapolis, but her two 
daughters and five grandchildren 
are in Seattle and Orlando, Fla.! 
Her husband died a few years 
ago. Matt, who also transferred 
from Mary Washington after two 
years, went to the University of 
Tennessee in Knoxville, majored 
in English, and earned her master's 
degree in English education in 
1982. Through the years, she 
worked as a newspaper reporter, 
English teacher, and real estate 
agent in Atlanta and Nashville, and 
she served on a higher education 
commission. She has a daughter 
and a son, both of whom are 
married with children. Marie 
Butler Skalski of Springfield, Va., 
sells furniture for JCPenney at 
Springfield Mall. Her ex-husband 
died last year, and she has one son 
and three grandchildren. Marie isn't 
sure she can come to the reunion 
but is still in touch with former 
roomie Margaretta Kirksey Bir, a 
widow who lives in her hometown 
of Eutaw, Ala., and Sue Butzner 
Maschino of McLean, Va. Marie 
also said that Sandy Noyes of 
Florida has three daughters. 

I talked with two classmates 
from freshman year in Cornell, 
roomie Carlotta Croghan Clark 



of Annapolis, Md., and suitemate 
Sandee Judkins Armitage of 

Peoria, Ariz. Sandee married Bob 
in 1961, and they plan to take a 
family cruise from Bayonne, N.J., to 
Bermuda in June to celebrate their 
50th anniversary! She and Bob lived 
in Connecticut for more than 25 
years and have three daughters and 
five grandchildren. Sandee sounds 
as fun-loving as ever. Carlotta and 
Preston had a successful six-store 
lighting business for many years 
and sold it in 2009. Their two 
daughters and four grandchildren 
live nearby. After graduation, 
Carlotta worked for three years at 
NIH with Rosie Borke, and then 
taught science at a private high 
school before going into the lighting 
business. Now she has more free 
time to play tennis (she ranks 
4.0) and travel. She and Preston 
planned to take a repositioning 
cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 
to Copenhagen and to hopefully 
fly home in time for the reunion. 
Shirley Garman told her that our 
freshman suitemate Jane Snyder 
Osman Felber died of liver cancer 
a few years ago. Neither of us 
knows about former suitemates 
Ginny Cusick Hanlon and Sandy 
Kollender. 

Beautiful Aundriette Miller 
Smith and her Marine, John, have 
returned to her childhood home in 
Summer Shade, Ky, to a farm where 
they have a herd of 50 registered 
Angus cattle. After three years of 
Marine life, they lived in Belleview, 
Wash., where she was a hotel 
caterer. They have a son, a daughter, 
and four grandchildren, two of 
whom are considering attending 
UMW! Linda Sue Olinger Shaw 
has a graduate degree from 
Harvard, is a retired economics 
professor at 
Longwood 
University, 
and lives in 
Floyd, Va. Judy 
Reese Nye 
went to Mary 
Washington for 
two years before 
transferring to 
another school 
and lives in her hometown of 
Columbia, S.C., with husband John. 
Judy worked as vice president/ 
manager of an insurance agency 
and has been in contact with 
Sandra Williamson, who also 
lives in Columbia and was with us 
for one year. Pam Ristori Sigda 
is busy as a self-employed clinical 
psychologist, so I talked to her 
husband, Bob, a retired college 
professor, instead. They enjoy life 



in Boca Raton, Fla. Pam has three 
children from her first husband. 
Bob promised to convey our wish 
that they both attend the reunion. 

I was delighted to talk with 
"Georgie" Georgeou Rahnias, as 

our husbands were classmates at the 
same high school in Thessaloniki, 
Greece. George has not attended 
any of those reunions, but Georgie 
said they plan to attend ours. He is 
a dentist, and she works full time 
as his office manager. They lead 
a quiet life in Holmdel, N.J., and 
have two married daughters and 
six grandchildren. Georgie took 
up ballroom dancing three years 
ago, after giving up tennis. Another 
classmate of Greek descent, Maddie 
Contis Marken, lives in Falmouth, 
Mass., and does per diem social 
work full time for local hospitals 
and clinics. She has three children, 
including a son who is engaged 
to be married in early June, and 
she hikes and bikes in various 
countries. She and her daughter 
visited the village her parents are 
from in Epirus, Greece. Maddie and 
Cathy Ledner Kuttner of Basking 
Ridge, N.J., who has three children 
and works as a mental health 
clinician, hope to come to the 
reunion together. 

Vesta "Monnie" Smith 
Newhouse, who has attended 
several reunions, plans to come 
to our big one with Sue Southern 

Roush of Gainesville, Va., and 
Cherry Sarff Everett of Port Royal, 
Va. These three went to Wakefield 
High School in Virginia and were 
freshman year roomies in Betty 
Lewis Hall. Monnie works full 
time at NBC station WRC-TV 
in Washington, D.C., in the sales 
department and traffic area, and 



At age 68, Noreen Galvin Dunn '61 
passed the exam to become one of 
three commercial appraisers on St. 
Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 
was appointed to the Real Estate 
Appraisal Board. 



compiling the program log. Sue 
went to Mary Washington for two 
years, then to nursing school at 
UVa. Cherry went for one year 
before getting married. Monnie 
passed on the sad news that their 
suitemate Henrietta Overton 
Hutchinson died several years ago. 

In addition to Mary Hatcher 
and me, Connie, there are at 
least two other classmates in 
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Stewart Grenzebach, who was in 

the medical technology program and 

left to spend her senior year at MCV, 

and June Walton Lederle. Elizabeth 

lived in Cornell freshman year 

with Mary McMorrow Swanson of 

Clearwater, Fla., and Chloe Irvin 

Weaver of Dunedin, Fla. Elizabeth, 

whose husband, 

Jim, died in 1989, 

recently sold her 

house and was to 

rent an apartment 

for a year before 

deciding where to 

live. She was born 

in Virginia. June 

married Albert, a 

pro football player 

from Georgia 

State and former Washington 

Redskin, in 1959. Her roomies were 

Eli Dunn Moody of Charlotte, N.C., 

who later went to MCV; Sylvia 

Garland Wickwire of Savannah, 

Ga.; and Renee Levinson Laurents 

of Culver City, Calif. 



Fla., with wife Maria and works 
at the Naval Air Station in 
Jacksonville. They were expecting 
a baby boy, their fourth, in 
December. The Ashleys' oldest son, 
Chris, lost his job and started two 
part-time jobs. Their fourth son, 
Andrew, works in Washington, D.C. 



Polly Updegraff Champ '61 
continues her theatrical 
involvement, recently working 
wardrobe, dressing the children for 
the Broadway tour of South Pacific 
and for Porgy and Bess. 



We Logothetises and Ashleys had 
a wonderful time at the wedding of 
our roomie Janie Riles to Jim Dietz 
in an old country church, with 
a reception at the beautiful farm 
of Jim's sister and husband near 
Staunton, Va. 



I caught up with Bobbie 
Brookes Nation while she was in 
Richmond visiting her 96-year-old 
mother and her sister, Pamela 
Brookes Weiseman '63. Bobbie has 
lived in London for 41 years, having 
married an Englishman who is now 
deceased. She has two daughters 
and two grandsons, all of whom live 
near her in Chelsea, "a lovely part ot 
the world." I expected her to have a 
British accent, but she said she didn't 
want to have a "bad accent" and 
made a point to keep her American 
dialect! Her own interior design 
business kept her busy for several 
years, but she has retired from that 
and hopes to come to the reunion. 

Finally, I called my sophomore 
roomie, Elizabeth Wright Coxe, of 

Phoenix, Md., and put in a strong 
message to come to the reunion! 
Elizabeth, or "Bitsy" as she didn't 
mind being called then, married 
in 1959 and finished her degree at 
Goucher College in Baltimore. She 
was a partner in a travel business 
until Sept. 1 1, 2001. 1 went on one of 
her walking trips to Alsace, France, 
and the Black Forest in Germany 
in 1999. She has two grown sons 
and a granddaughter, Alice, who is 
about 5. 

Clara Sue Durden Ashley and 

Clarence planned to attend the 
December retirement ceremony of 
their second son, Park, at Tyndall 
Air Force Base in Florida. He 
served for 20 years and was looking 
for a job, with his first choice being 
to work as a civilian at Wright- 
Patterson AFB in Ohio. Their third 
son, Dennis, lives in St. Augustine, 



Renee Levinson Laurents 

took a short trip to Sierra National 
Forest in August. She said that the 
giant trees are jaw-droppers, the 
fauna is wonderful, and deer, bears, 
chipmunks, and other denizens of 
the forest abound. She still writes 
and does the constitution and 
current events classes. Some days, 
she does nothing but read, and 
she loves it! Other days, she's all 
over the place, with theater, events 
around town, and lunches and 
dinners with friends. "I'm as busy as 
I want to be," she said. "Some days, I 
just don't want to be!" 

I believe I neglected to thank 
Renee for serving as Class Agent for 
the past three years. She certainly 
has a lively writing style, which we 
will miss. Thank you, Renee! 

Many, many thanks for sending 
your news and for the kind words 
about our Class Notes columns. It's 
a lot of work but well worth it. See 
you in June at UMW! 

From Lynne: I was delighted 
to hear from a few people who have 
never before submitted news. The 
other exciting thing is that almost 
everybody I heard from plans to 
attend our 50th reunion. It is going 
to be the best one ever, I think. 

Sandy and I are well. We did 
not take any exotic trips last year, 
but we planned to take a cruise 
around New Zealand and Australia 
in February. Patty Cairns Hourin 
and a high school buddy of ours 
visited me in New York in October. 
We did many touristy things but 
spent much time reminiscing about 



our years in Virginia. Upon leaving 
New York, Patty flew to Hawaii to 
visit son Scott and his family, who 
live in Haleiwa, on the north shore 
of Oahu. 

Judy Saunders Slifer and 
Eleanore Saunders Sunderland 

planned to take the 201 1 Grand 
European Tour on a Viking ship in 
May to celebrate Judy's return to 
good health after having multiple 
myeloma. She is on a maintenance 
regime, which is going well. She 
has only a few side effects from the 
chemo, has gained all of her weight 
back and more, and loves being 
outside and active again. Judy and 
Eleanore had a mini-reunion at 
her home last summer when Babs 
Buse Johnson and Sue Butzner 
Maschino visited after reading 
about her illness in Class Notes. 
Eleanore and Judy get together 
frequently with Linda Taylor 
Drustrup for dinner or the theater. 
Polly Updegraff Champ, who also 
visited Judy last spring, continues 
her theatrical involvement, recently 
working wardrobe, dressing the 
children for the Broadway tour of 
South Pacific and for Porgy and Bess. 
Thanks to the Mary Washington 
theater department, she always 
receives accolades. They are in 
Florida for the winter, where Polly 
has resumed church activities as 
president of the women's fellowship. 
They celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary in November with 
a special communion worship 
service. She plays tennis, walks, co- 
leads an exercise class, and has been 
a volunteer for the Delray Beach 
Police Department for 1 1 years. 

Janie Riles and Jim Dietz 
married in October (see reference 
in Connies section), after being 
friends for 12 years. They plan 
to continue their bi-coastal lives 
between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 
and San Diego and to come to our 
reunion in June. Janie continues to 
lead her watercolor workshop in 
Cannes, France, and it was great fun 
and a huge success last summer. 

Barbara Upson Gravely 
Welch and Chuck are pilots and fly 
their plane from Delaware to their 
other home in the Poconos most 
weekends. They had a wonderful 
trip up the West Coast, from 
Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., in 
September to visit their son. They 
also visited the Reagan Presidential 
Library in Simi Valley, Calif., 
where they met up with Marilyn 
"Mouse" Messier Whitmore, who 
is a docent there and plans to attend 
the reunion. Barbara also spoke to 
Maria "Bunny" Rogallo Samuels, 



who told her how Mouse got her 
nickname, but we'll have to wait 
until the reunion to find out. Mouse 
and Bill continue to spend a week 
each month at their Las Vegas home 
and to enjoy their 10 grandchildren, 
who all live in Simi Valley. 

Kay Slaughter has been in 
touch with many of our classmates. 
Last spring, she saw Cynthia 
Scott Cozewith, her roommate 
who transferred to Carnegie 
Tech. Cynthia lives in Houston 
with husband Charlie and makes 
beautiful ceramic and metal 
sculpture. Kay also visited with 
Judy Kennedy Matthews, who 
graduated from nursing school 
at U.Va. and lives with husband 
John in Martinsville. Suzanne 
Stafford of Marin County, Calif, 
who left Mary Washington with 
Kay to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, 
visited Charlottesville in April 
with others from Kay's Carolina 
sorority Kappa Delta. Suzanne is 
retired, sings in her church choir, 
and takes lots of classes and trips. 
Kay retired in August, amid a 
slew of fun parties, after 24 years 
with Southern Environmental 
Law Center. The Chesapeake 
Bay Foundation named her 2010 
Virginia Conservationist of the 
Year. She said she was flattered and 
it was gratifying to receive so many 
accolades. "It was like being at your 
funeral, only you're alive to hear the 
funny stories and the appreciation." 
Since retirement, Kay has traveled 
to the Tuscany region of Italy, to 
leaf-peep in Vermont, and to visit 
a granddaughter expecting Kay's 
great-grandson in Kentucky. She 
plans to be at our 50th, which is 
also her 50th at UNC and her 25th 
at U.Va. School of Law. 

Renee Skinner Wheeler, 

freshman year roomie of Peggy 
Howard, said she has read all 
the class news for years. After 
sophomore year, she transferred 
to the Norfolk, Va., branch of the 
College of William and Mary, 
which later became known as Old 
Dominion University. She married 
her high school sweetheart in 
1961, so their 50th is coming up, 
too. Skip Wheeler retired in 1986 
after 27 years as a pilot in the Air 
Force, then went to work for SRA. 
The Wheelers moved 17 times 
in 21 years, and Peggy taught or 
substituted when she could. They 
have lived in Springfield, Va., since 
1980 and don't intend to move. 
They have three children - Cheryl 
Mittelman lives in Bristow, Va., 
and has three children; Michael, 
the general manager at Cherokee 



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Town and Country Club, lives in 
Atlanta with his two sons; and 
Jennifer lives in Seattle, where 
her husband is a vice president 
at Alaska Airlines, with their two 
children. Peggy and Skip have a log 
home at Lake Anna, just outside of 
Fredericksburg, where they spend 
most weekends. Her mother will 
be 96 in April. 

Pat Scott Peck left her place 
in Calais, Maine, early last year to 
oversee a construction project in 
the basement of her Washington, 
D.C., duplex. On her way to 
Miami, she spent the night with 
Lloyd Tilton Backstrom and Art 
in Richmond, and Walter Scott, 
widower of Vaughan Hargroves 
Scott, joined them for dinner. Pat 
looks forward to reconnecting with 
old friends at our reunion. 

Lynne Wilson Rupert and 

Jim are grateful to be in good 
health, as are both of their 
daughters and their families, and 
they often get together with their 
grandchildren. Last year, they 
traveled to Germany, Austria, and 
Prague and saw the Oberammergau 
Passion Play. They live in 
Temecula, Calif., but continue to 
get together with the members 
of their old Simi Valley, Calif., 
dinner group. Several of them 
planned to take a South American 
cruise in January. The Ruperts 
also travel in their motor home 
and are out with camping groups 
most months. Lynne continues 
to be a member of the American 
Association of University 
Women and the Philanthropic 
Educational Organization. She is 
busy with book groups, bridge, 
and volunteering at the library 
bookstore and in her grandson's 
second grade class. 



Katharine Nell Robinson 

May already 

has made 

reservations for 

our reunion. 

They enjoy 

taking classes 

at the College 

of William 

and Mary and 

spending time 

with their 

five grandchildren. They took a 

riverboat cruise in Europe and 

visited Canada's capitals in August. 

Jean Ryan Farrell and Frank stay 

busy with volunteer work and 

enjoy their grandchildren, ages 2 to 

22. They plan to travel to Vietnam 

and Singapore, and to Turkey, and 

to be back in time for our reunion. 



Patricia Mackey Taylor 
ptaylor55@cox.net 

Greetings, ladies. I hope this issue 
finds you and your family well 
and happy. 

Barbara Hauser Scott met 
Deanne Lohrman O'Neill at 

their 50th high school reunion in 
Scotch Plains, N.J. They attended 
Catholic grammar school, public 
high school, and Mary Washington 
together. Barbara still hears from 
Peggy Hobart Mailer and Barbara 
Parker Sutton of Virginia, and 
Terry Carbone Webber of New 
Jersey. She'd like to reconnect with 
Marilyn Smith Edmunds, who 
lived in Florida with husband 
Charley last time Barbara heard 
from her. 

Barbara lost her husband, 
Bob, in 1988 at the age of 48. 
They have three sons. Robert, 
45, is a professor at Monmouth 
University in New Jersey and a 
freelance writer for Disney, and is 
married to Aundrea, who also is 
a teacher. Charles, 42, is a surfer, 
fisherman, and contractor. He and 
Deb have two children, Gwen, 8, 
and Drew, 10. Youngest son Steven, 
40, is a restaurateur in New York 
City and Philadelphia, while still 
holding on to his bachelorhood. 
Through the years, the family 
migrated to California but have all 
returned to the East Coast. Barbara 
spent a year in Paris and loved 
every minute of it. She visited 12 
countries from her flat, which was 
located two blocks from the Seine 
River and overlooked the Eiffel 
Tower. The history, antiquities, art, 
and cultures left her breathless. She 
was revived by the wine, cheese, 
and baguettes, and by taking 
French lessons and walking, since 



Marcia Kirstein Fitzmaurice '62 
founded Teal Toes, a nonprofit 
with the sole purpose of educating 
the public about ovarian cancer, 
and she was interviewed about the 
foundation by NBC. 



she had no car. After careers in 
several areas, including real estate, 
professional fundraising, retail, 
and business management, she is 
settling into retirement. She reads, 
writes, and spends time being a 
grandma. She emails and would 
love to hear from classmates, but 
she is not on Facebook ... yet! 



Marcia Kirstein Fitzmaurice 

and husband Ed spent a week in 
Galway, Ireland, where she met 
Ed's aunt Teresa, who is still in 
great form and is the youngest of 
the 12 children of Ed's Granny 
Fitz, who died at age 106. They 
had dinner in Dublin with Sheila 
Cooper Hanna and husband 
Fergus, who live about 70 miles 
north of Rostrevor, a village in 
County Down in Northern Ireland. 
Ed and Fergus got along well, 
while Marcia and Sheila had fun 
reminiscing about their four years 
at Mary Washington and their two 
years as roomies in New York City 
after graduation. Next, Marcia 
and Ed headed to Madrid, which 
was nostalgic for Marcia, who 
spent her junior year in Spain. She 
visited many people she's known 
for 50 years and/or their children 
and grandchildren. They went 
through the Thyssen-Bornemisza, 
a private palace turned art gallery 
that is near the Prado Museum and 
houses an amazing collection of 
paintings. Marcia said 
she was almost ready 
for another junior 
year in Spain; too bad 
the dollar is so weak. 
Marcia said it was an 
exhausting trip. She 
uses a cane and was 
diagnosed with carpal 
tunnel syndrome in 
both wrists from too 
much time spent on the keyboard 
and knitting. She was in the 
middle of knitting a sweater for 
son Evan with yarn she purchased 
in Galway. Marcia founded Teal 
Toes, a nonprofit with the sole 
purpose of educating the public 
about ovarian cancer, and was 
interviewed about the foundation 
by NBC in September. Marcia, we 
all wish you and your family the 
very best for 2011. 

It's so good to hear from 
classmates. We would love to hear 
how you are doing, where you 
are, and your plans for the future. 
Please take time to share your 
special news in a short email. 



Anne Radway 
tiazelda 1 @verizon.net 

I want to thank all of you who 
responded to my phone calls and 
emails and particularly those 
who responded to the postcard 
mailing. It was gratifying to hear 
from classmates who hadn't sent 
information previously. Please stay 
in touch, as I enjoy hearing from all 



of you, particularly those I speak 
with on the phone. 

Last fall was busy for Jonathan 
and me, with a second honeymoon 
trip to Lake George, N.Y.; a 
trip to Jonathan's hometown of 
Brattleboro, Vt., for the fall foliage; 
and a Thanksgiving filled with 
family, with my brother and two 
of my children, and their families, 
descending on us. As of this 
writing, we were looking forward 
to more family at Christmas and a 
winter with considerably less snow 
than last year! 

Jane Gholson Lanham married 
high school sweetheart Bob in 
August of 1962, commuted from 
Fairfax to Fredericksburg for her 
final semester, and finished Mary 
Washington in January of 1963. 
They have three children and five 
grandchildren, and lived in Vienna 
in Northern Virginia for many years 
before moving to Wake Forest, 
N.C., in December of 2005. Their 
daughter and her family live nearby, 



Janet Deal '64 has two 
certified Havanese therapy 
dogs that go with her to senior 
centers, nursing homes, and 
elementary schools every week. 



so they often see their youngest 
grandchildren. Their sons live in 
High Point, N.C., and Leesburg, 
Va. Jane quilts and is active in her 
book club. 

Barbara "Linkey" Booth 
Green wrote that Karen 
Vandevanter Chapman, who was 

widowed a few years ago, married 
Kent Morrison at a small family 
wedding on Whidbey Island, Wash., 
in August, and took an extensive 
honeymoon in Scandinavia 
in the fall. She and Kent were 
pinned for our first couple years 
at Mary Washington. Karen still 
has her house in Rhode Island, 
but for all practical purposes, she 
lives on Whidbey Island. Linkey 
and husband David continue to 
participate in the International 
Fellows Program of the U.S. Army 
War College, where they live 
in Carlisle, Pa. The officer they 
recently were sponsoring is from 
Belgium, and Linkey said that he 
and his wife are a lot of fun. Linkey 
has trained her dog, Molly, to do 
canine freestyle dance. Her group, 
the Steppin' Woofs, performed 
for summer reading programs 
at the Cumberland and York 
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 2011 



CLASS NOTES 



doing nursing homes in the fall. 
Maggie, Linkey's shy poodle, was 
just starting freestyle. Linkey and 
David, who belong to a Dog Scouts 
of America troop in Carlisle, had 
a wonderful troop camping trip 
in September and were gearing up 
for Salvation Army bell ringing. 
"It's amazing how much money 
we can bring in when we have 
the dogs ringing the bells!" They 
also have raised money to donate 
pet oxygen masks to local fire 
departments. Linkey is also active 
in the Newcomers Club and two 
book groups, and she volunteers at 
the public library. 

Barbara Moore Wheeler and 

husband Jim still enjoy living in 
the Stonehouse community near 
Williamsburg. Two of their sons 



and their families live in the area, 
so they get to see them often and 
can attend their grandsons' soccer 
and football games and school 
programs. Their oldest son, Randy, 
is the city manager of Poquoson, 
Va. Chris is a landscape architect 
in Smithfield, Va., and Bryan and 
his family live in Raleigh, N.C. The 
Wheelers have six grandsons and 
two granddaughters, who till their 
lives with love and laughter. Jim 
was recuperating from his second 
knee replacement while Barbara 
organized their church's second 
Christmas bazaar and served on 
the community's social activities 
committee. 

Betty Caudle Marshall 

enjoys serving as state president 
of Delta Kappa Gamma Society 



International, a society of women 
educators that is located in 17 
countries. She was busy visiting 
some of the 107 North Carolina 
chapters, planning conventions, 
holding training sessions, and 
conducting executive board 
meetings. Betty retired from 
teaching math in 2005 but 
continues to do some tutoring. 
Three of their four children and 
eight of their grandchildren live 
in North Carolina, while their 
youngest child moved last year to 
Rhode Island. Betty's husband, 
Tom, has been able to do more 
painting since retiring, so they 
have new and colorful paintings on 
the walls. Betty also wrote that she 
reconnected with Betsy Bourke 
Christian when their husbands, 
Tom and Meade, and several others 



from their elementary school met 
for a reunion at Betty's home in 
Raleigh, N.C. They later visited 
Betsy and Meade in Chapel Hill. 

Marilyn Erskine Darnell 

of Burke, Va., trains horses and 
riders, as well as dogs, and has two 
grandchildren in Baton Rouge, La. 
Sally Granger Daughtrey lives in 
a golt community in Whispering 
Pines, N.C, where she works with 
AARP clients who are filing taxes. 
She planned to take a Christmas 
cruise to the Bahamas with her six 
grandchildren. Sally sometimes 
sees Linda Voght, a retired teacher, 
and Leslie Levy Wachs, who is in a 
choral society in Pinehurst. 

Sally Sutherland suffered a 
fall from her horse last March, 
bringing her lifelong love of 



Lessons Learned at UMW 
Drew Alumna to Animation 



When Sara Bleick '63 played 
the teacher in the Mary 
Washington production of 
Helen Keller, she fell in love 
with the stage. But the same 
production led her away from a 
career in acting. 

"It became clear that I didn't 
have the talent," Bleick said. 

So the theater major focused 

on her second love - stage 

production. A gifted artist, 

Bleick painted sets and assisted 

set designers. Eventually her 

er major Sara Bleick '63 acted creative drive led her off the 

lay at Mary Washington. It and hed hertoward 

ed a love for the stage and 

her true calling - animation. 

With theater undergraduate 
and graduate degrees in hand 
- the master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 
Bleick headed to New York City for work in stage production. An ache 
for home led her back to her native northern California and more 
stage production. 

But everything changed when she was introduced to animation. 
Mesmerized, she watched and learned. 

"Animation is all about solving puzzles," Bleick said. "It was 
fascinating to me." 

In the late 1 960s, she landed a job with Hanna-Barbera as an 
animation checker. She fixed errors - like realigning stripes in a shirt 
or painting missing mouths. 



Theater major Sara Bleick '63 acted 
in a play at Mary Washington. It 
fostered a love for the stage and 
''imately led her to a career in 



"I'd go frame by frame," she said. "Often it was the last chance to 
get it right." 

Technology made the job easier. Hanna-Barbera was the first 
animation company to get a computerized system, and Bleick was 
first in line for training. 

Her expertise and experience led her to Universal Cartoon 
Studios and Disney, where she worked on productions including 
Clifford's Really Big Movie, Hercules, Runaway Brain, Pocahontas, 
Animalympics, and the restored version of Lady and the Tramp. 
In the 1 990s, Bleick got the opportunity to work with special effects, 
such as flowing rivers, mist, and smoke, for The Hunchback of 
Notre Dame. 

"I loved the detail," she said. 

Her favorite characters to draw were the Smurfs. 

Bleick's success didn't add up to fame, as an actor's might, but 
she was content to remain behind the scenes. It was exhilarating, 
she said, to see her name in the credits. 

After working on dozens of movies, she retired in 2007 to pursue 
another form of artistic expression. She now creates short graphic 
films about politics from her home in Burbank, Calif. Fans find her 
work on YouTube. 

Before she retired from the industry, Bleick had to create within 
the lines of others' concepts and curb her own creativity. Now she 
has the freedom to write her own scripts, create her own characters, 
and voice her own films. 

"Before, I had a narrow place on the assembly line," she said. 
"Now I have creative freedom to do anything I want. I am enjoying 
life very much." 

Bleick has fond memories of the school that set her on the path 
to this life. Mary Washington, she said, prepared her for her career 
and more. 

"Coming from California, it took some adjusting to the South," 
Bleick said. "It gave me a wonderful chance to grow and bend 
myself to learn how to get along with people from all walks of life." 



- Janet Showalter 



horses to an abrupt pause. She has 
recovered from surgery for back 
injuries and five broken ribs and is 
back to riding and driving horses. 
She writes a monthly column 
called "Virginia is for Driving" 
for the Virginia Horse Journal 
and continues watercolor 
painting lessons. 

Sheryl Gillmor Winkler and 

her suitemates, who she hadn't 
seen since 1962, met at the summer 
home of Judy Ross Flora and 
husband Ben near Blowing Rock, 
N.C., in 2009. Judy 
graduated in 1963, but 
Mary Frances Pace 
Herrin transferred 
to Louisiana State 
University after our 
sophomore year. 
Marjorie Smith Keller 
was Sheryl's roommate their 
sophomore and junior years, but 
Sheryl left Mary Washington in 
1962 to attend MCV in Richmond. 
They had a wonderful time getting 
re-acquainted and planned to go 
to New York City in November for 
three nights of sightseeing, theater, 
and shopping. Sheryl got remarried 
in 1997 to Jim Winkler, who died in 
August of 2008. 






Finally, on a sad note, Mary 
Owens Daitz died in October in 
Corrales, N.M. In what has to be 
my worst timing ever, I called in 
the middle of the celebration of 
Mary's life, held at her home by 
her friends; her former husband, 
Ben; her sons, Ian and Tim; and 
her grandchildren, Mamie and 
Samantha. A kind and generous 
friend took the time to talk about 
Mary's life. She was innkeeper of 
the Plum Tree Inn in Corrales, 
a docent at San Isidro Church, a 
champion skater, and a gourmet 
cook. Her friend commented 
that Mary had been "the most 
supportive person she knew." 

Victoria Taylor Allen 
vallen 1 303@aol.com 

Members of the Class of '64 will 
receive this newsletter long after the 
holiday season, but I hope that 201 1 
will bring each and every member 
of our class good health and 
happiness. We received a number 
of emails from our class. For a 
group of people who assure me that 
"nothing much is new," it seems 
to me as if we are all madly busy, 
engaged, and as active as ever! 

I still work at the Convent of 
the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, 



Conn., and lecture to adults on 
literature and on art history at 
Manhattanville College. My big trip 
to Ireland in June was wonderful. 
What great hosts the Irish are! 
The country was gorgeous, Dublin 
was pretty and interesting, and the 
food was good - an unbeatable 
combination! I planned to travel 
to the Holy Land in February with 
a group of friends. I must say, 
however, that I was a bit nervous 
and still "iffy" about it, considering 
the current unrest in that area of 
the world. 



Linkey Booth Green y 63 
continues to train her two dogs 
and do canine freestyle dance 
with the Steppin' Woofs. 



Patti Jones Schacht and 

her family enjoyed beautiful 
weather and had a wonderful 
summer with visits from some 
of the 13 grandchildren. They 
visited museums in Washington, 
D.C., and crammed in as many 
genealogical mystery hunts as 
possible! Patti is as amazed as I 
am that it is 50th-reunion time 
for those of us who graduated 
from high school in 1960. Patti 
and her husband had planned a 
trip to Opryland but had to cancel 
because of the terrible early spring 
flooding in the area. They plan to 
travel to Northern Ireland this year 
for more genealogical work. Patti 
and I had a great time comparing 
notes about Ireland, a country 
we both love for its beauty and its 
warm, welcoming people. Truly, 
there are no strangers in Ireland, 
we both agreed. 



After teaching English in 
Massachusetts for 22 years, Janet 
Deal is married, retired, and 
living on Long Beach Island, N.J. 
Her son is married and lives in 
New York City. Her daughter and 
her family live in Boston, where 
Patti enjoys visiting her 6- and 
9-year-old grandchildren. Janet 
loves horse racing and has two 
certified Havanese therapy dogs 
that go with her to senior centers, 
nursing homes, and elementary 
schools every week! What a worthy 
endeavor, Janet! 

Sally Crenshaw Witt told me 
about Penelope "Pennie" Outten 
Borchers, who sent an email. 
Penelope is the special collections 
librarian at the P.I. Nixon Medical 
Historical Library at the University 
of Texas Health Science Center 
in San Antonio. She lived abroad 
for 30 years, first in Switzerland, 



then Belgium, and later Berlin. 
She earned her degree at the Free 
University of Berlin. She and 
first husband Dietmar had two 
daughters. The older daughter, 
Katya, died after a tragic motor 
vehicle accident in 1991. The 
younger daughter, Veronika, lives 
in Manhattan, where she owns 
her own public relations/celebrity 
outreach/product placement 
business. Pennie lives in Alamo 
Heights, Texas, with Fernando, her 
significant other of 15 years, and a 
white bull terrier that keeps things 
buoyant. She loves photography, 
travel, and mah-jongg. 

Betsy Churchman Geary 

and husband Ray moved to North 
Carolina in 2007 to be closer to 
daughter Jill and her family. Jill has 
four children, and Betsy and Ray 
felt that she could use some help. 
Betsy's mom, Elizabeth Churchman, 
passed away at the age of 100, after 
a lifetime of good works, such as 
starting a community scholarship 
fund that is going strong after more 
than 50 years. Ray's 95-year-old 
mother lives with them. What 
longevity, Betsy! The Geary family 
motto is "cover the Earth before it 
covers us." They have traveled to 
more than 50 countries around the 
world, seeing places such as the 
Arctic Circle, French Polynesia, and 
Australia and New Zealand. Africa 
and Antarctica are on the "wait list!" 
With travel and eight grandchildren, 
the Gearys lead a busy life. 



I stay in touch 
with my freshman 
roommate, Sally 
Crenshaw Witt. 
She writes that 
Diane Dorin 
Clark, Barbara 
Humphries 
Davenport, Sue 
Parker Burton, 
Sara Page Cosby 
Mayo, Helen Vakos Standing, 
and their husbands were all at 
Sally's house for dinner in October. 
Unfortunately, Joanne Crockett 
Lewis and her husband were unable 
to come, but the group had a great 
time at the "mini-reunion," which 
continued into the next day with 
a visit to and lunch at the newly 
renovated Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts. A follow-up from Helen tells 
of the great time had by the group. 
She and her husband of 45 years 
still live in Virginia Beach, as do her 
daughter and son, their spouses, 
and the grandchildren. They spend 
winters in Fort Myers, Fla. Helen 
said they're in the phone directory, 
so look them up if you're in Florida! 



Norma Bass Mears had a 

great time at her 50th high school 
reunion in Fredericksburg. Since 
her 2004 retirement, she has 
enjoyed travel, long lunches with 
friends, and welcoming more 
grandchildren. She and daughter 
Lee Ann were heading to London 
and Paris this past fall. Lee Ann 
is assistant director of the U.Va. 
Hampton Roads Center. She and 
her husband have two children. 
Son Don and his wife live in 
Richmond with their two children, 
one of whom was born in June! 
Congratulations, Norma! Don 
owns Don Mears Photography in 
Richmond. Norma, we wish your 
husband good health and a coming 
year of respite from hospitalization. 

Ann McCallum Murray 

enjoys their five acres and the trout 
stream that runs through their 
property in Snake River Canyon, 
Idaho. Ann retired in 2009 from 
practicing law and is involved with 
the Rotary in Buhl, Idaho, where 
she also volunteers for Court 
Appointed Special Advocates and 
serves as webmaster for the Idaho 
Metal Arts Guild. Ann said that it 
is essential for people our age to 
have intellectual stimulation. To 
that end, she has kept up her Idaho 
Bar Association membership and 
plans to go back to work part time. 
She feels that Mary Washington 
did a great job preparing her for all 
sorts of roles in life. Ann wants us 
to know we are welcome if we get 
out to Yellowstone. They are only a 



Ilona Dulaski-Williams '64 played 
Parthy Hawks in Show Boat at 
the Shenandoah Summer Music 
Theatre in Winchester, Va. The 
performances were sold out. 



20-minute detour off 1-80, so stop 
for a visit! 

Betty Waller continues to 
teach psychology, tutor students, 
and work in the library of Bryant 
& Stratton College, a small, private 
vocational school in Richmond. 
Betty loves the academic 
environment and the opportunity 
to help students reach their goals. 
She and Sam travel, attend festivals 
and concerts, and engage in a 
variety ot outdoor activities. Betty 
had lunch with Joyce Liggitt 
Tollinger, who was in Virginia 
for a family reunion. Betty said 
Joyce looks great and has adorable 
grandchildren. Betty looks forward 
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so, you Richmond gals, keep 
planning reunions! 



great, and it's fun to write up this 
column. Bear in mind that the 
news is submitted months before 
it is printed. The University sends 
out only one card and email 
blast per year; I do the rest. So, 
if you d kindly send me all your 
information by the next deadline 
listed in this issue, I'll be sure to 
add it to our Class Notes. Keep 
safe, happy, and well. 



Phyllis Cavedo Weisser 
pcweisser@yahoo.com 

Life is still good for me here in 
Atlanta! I stay busy playing tennis 
and bridge, volunteering with the 
Dunwoody Woman's Club, and 
traveling. I returned from the last 



Jean Klix Luce, my junior and 
senior year suitemate, and husband 
Charlie are busier than ever, with 
Jean's work at the hospital and 
Charlie's volunteer activities in 
Florida's Bradenton/Sarasota area. 
As I write this newsletter, Charlie 
is working from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 
the local voting precinct! Jean and 
her family had a fabulous trip to 
Cancun, Mexico, last September. 
They were astounded by the beauty 
of the beaches and the aquamarine 
water. Four members ot their 
group went inland to visit the 
Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza, 
and Jean wrote that it is a journey 
well worth taking. Another day, 
the group traveled along the coast 
from Cancun to the 
walled waterside site of , 

Tulum. Jean and Charlie JatllCC Helvey RobinSOtl 65 S 

plan to go back often, cno i r was i nv ited to sing itt 

since it takes little more , f , 

than an hour to fly there Manger Square in Bethlehem. 

from Miami. Jean wishes 

everyone in our class all the best 

and says to keep in touch. If you Blue , An 8 els show of the season. 

are in the Bradenton/Sarasota l ve had \ wonderful three years, 

area, stop by for a visit. She said touring the country watching my 

their "doors are always open to old f on P erf °™; and babysitting for 

friends and we would love to see h j s two children. He and his family 

i" planned to head to Lemoore, Calif., 

in February for his next assignment. 

Sharon Belknap Brown This thrills my daughter, Ashley, 

writes that retirement is great who lives less than three hours from 

because you're free to do whatever! where they will be. She had her 

She still does some substitute first child in September and looks 

teaching. She and John love to go forward to having him close to his 

to Virginia Tech football games, cousins. It looks like I'll be chalking 

travel, attend family gatherings, up lots more miles on Delta for 

and enjoy leisure time. They have trips to see them all! 
three wonderful daughters and two 

grandchildren, who by the time . Patty Boyette Taavoste retired 

you read this, will be about 5 and 1 . f rom teachin g m , ath , afte , r 30 y ears 

in New Jersey schools, the past 27 

Ilona Dulaski-Williams at Ridge High School in Basking 

played Parthy Hawks in Show Ridge. She and husband Heino 

Boat at the Shenandoah Summer were debating whether to stay in 

Music Theatre in Winchester, Va. Bedminster or relocate. Heino, who 

The show was sold out and the has had Lyme disease for more 

experience was fabulous. It was one than three years, has good and bad 

of the best shows Ilona's done in days, and is unable to do many 

her many years since graduating of the things they used to enjoy, 

from Mary Washington. She including just taking long walks 

still does Spanish and English on the beach. They spent nearly a 

television and radio commercials week with Penny Partridge Booth 

for MediaForce PR. She also has in Holly Springs, N.C., touring the 

sung in a number of operas with Raleigh area with her guidance. 

her trio, the Cantati Ensemble. In Penny's daughters, Lisa and Tricia, 

November, they sang at the Cafe and their wonderful families were 

Italia Ristorante in Arlington, Va. there the night they arrived, so they 

all enjoyed lots of fun and laughter. 

Patty has begun several regular 

tutoring jobs and, with Penny's 

encouragement, is starting some 

new craft projects. 



Classmates, please don't be 
modest about writing your news! 
Each of us leads a different life, 
and we love hearing your updates. 
We are a wonderful group of 
interesting and well-educated 
women. Keeping in touch is 



to Paris after her second year at 
Mary Washington but has fond 
memories of her time there. She 
has had a colorful life as an art 
student, dancer, actress, nurse, 
and now a child and adolescent 
psychotherapist, after many years as 
a women's health nurse practitioner. 
She lives in Kauai with her husband 
of 43 years, still hula dances, teaches 
modern dance and yoga, and 
attempts to paint scenes from the 
island. Jere's daughter has produced 
two beautiful grandchildren and 
plans to move her family to Spain. 
Jere's son lives on Kauai but plans to 
relocate to Las Cruses, N.M. He is 
responsible for another grandchild; 
this one plans to become a nurse. 











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Katharine Rogers Lavery 
hlaveryl@cox.net 

I have joined Facebook and 
reconnected with many of you, 
several former students, some 
high school classmates, quite a few 
relatives, and friends from all over. 
I have also joined the 21st century 
by setting up Skype to tutor young 
friends and family members who 
don't live close. I still love math! My 
littlest granddaughters in North 
Carolina enjoy Skype for fun and 
for doing homework, and I'm only 
too glad to respond. In addition 
to church music, year-round 
Pentagon Sailing Club activities, 
senior bowling league, tutoring, 
and gardening, Hank and I enjoy as 
many of our grandkids' activities 
as possible. We interrupted our 
routine to travel to San Diego for a 
lovely Lavery beach wedding in July 
and to visit my California cousins. 
I plan to attend our 45th reunion in 
June and heartily (and financially) 
support the endowment fund for 
the student stipend mentioned in 



Jere Maupin Graham said 
"aloha from Hawaii." She moved 



Bobby Barrett Crisp writes 
that she thought the 45th reunion, 
especially the Friday night function 
at TruLuv's on the Rappahannock 
River, was wonderful. It truly was 
an event to remember, seeing old 
friends, making new ones, and now 
dreaming of our 50th. She hopes 
everyone will attend and visit her 
hometown of Fredericksburg. She's 
lived in Stafford County, Va., most 
of her life except for some time she 
spent in Alabama and 

California. Joan Cuccias Patton '66 

Janice Helvey hosted her daughter's wedding 

Robinson is thrilled at nome ' m October, with 

to have a new , 

granddaughter! The family and friends from all 

baby joins an 11 and over f ne country present. 

a 3 -year old and makes 

three grandchildren 

for them. Janice's daughter got the following paragraph. I sincerely 

remarried two years ago to a guy ho P e Y ou wil1 J oin us! 

she knew all through school. Their Barbara "Bobbi" Bishop 

re-acquaintance was through Mann hflS been worki hard to 

a combination of high school add tQ the M of classmates t0 

reunion and Facebook and is a invite tQ Qur 45th New additions 

great love story! Janice s choir was indude Barbara Ann Enders 

invited to sing in Manger Square Hughes, Gloria Langley Parker, 

in Bethlehem, so they were to Kathy Gelscleichter Rottiers, and 

head to Israel in late December Linda Broyles mhon Welcome 

and also visit Egypt. Husband tQ « the Mr ladies , 0ur Reunion 

Rob was recovering well from Committee consists of co-chairs 

a hip replacement. He is truly Lee Enos Kd , and Jana Privette 

a bionic man at this point! Lee v £ileen Goddard Albrigo and 

Smith Musgrave s daughter, Lisa Kathleen Goddard Moss (Friday 

Ryan Musgrave-Bonomo 90 was night dinner), Linda Spangler 
awarded tenure at Rollins College Berkheimer (slide show), and Joan 

in Winter Park, Fla., where she is an Cucdas patton> Mary Morrjs 
assistant professor of philosophy Bishop Pamda Ward HugheS) 

Ann Moser Garner s husband, cherryI wdls Brumf ieldi Pat 

Clarence, was recovering from Lewars Pace Anne c , tt> and 

major surgery and had been in a Bobbj Jana and Lee are trying 

rehabilitation facility t0 establish a class endowment 

Please keep sending your news. fund in the name of our beloved 
If you're not getting emails from class sponsor, George Van Sant, to 

me, it's because I don't have your provide a stipend for professors to 

address' °^ er t0 selected students. Dr. Van 

Sant is excited about the possibility 
of such a worthy cause coming to 
fruition. We need to have pledges 



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totaling $25,000 payable over five 
years in order to establish the 
endowment. Any pledges made to 
the fund will count toward our class 
donation total, which will be tallied 
during Reunion Weekend. 

Bobbi also works with the 
Virginia Education Association. 
In early October, she chaired 
a committee to coordinate 
the Central Virginia regional 
conference for VEA-Retired. 
Several speakers were followed 
by "techie" demos for iTouch, 
Droid, digital picture frames, 
and Skype. After the conference, 
Bobbi relaxed a bit and organized 
another Mary Washington Lunch 
Bunch gathering at Fredericksburg's 
Capital Ale House in late October. 
Nine ladies were expected to be 
present: Bobbi, Anne Clagett, 
Jana Privette Usry, Joan Cuccias 
Patton, Lois Rucker Scott, Sheila 
Denny Young, Tyla Matteson, 
Pam Kearney Patrick, and UM Ws 
director of alumni relations, 
Cynthia Snyder '75. 

Sheila Denny Young of 

Fredericksburg lost husband Phil 
in February of 2010. Sheila has 
two small grandchildren and was 
looking forward to traveling to 
Newfoundland to spend Christmas 
with her son-in-law's family. Joan 
Cuccias Patton finally decided 
to retire from her math teaching 
career so she can travel more. 
She spent most of the summer 
visiting family in Mississippi, 
California, and the Outer Banks 
of North Carolina, then hosted 
her daughter's wedding at home in 
October, with family and friends 
from all over the country present. 

Pam Kearney Patrick brought 
news of Peggy Beeler Burns, who 

visited while staying with son 
Jay's family in Alexandria, Va. 
Peggy adores her granddaughter, 
Jessica, and visits as often as 
possible. Pam also mentioned that 
our noted artist classmate, Carol 
Bingley Wiley, had a great recent 
assignment in Africa, traveling 
with Pam Ward Hughes to 
advise on curricula at American 
schools, check out art galleries, and 
research favorite artists. 

Tyla Matteson and 

her husband continue their 
involvement with the Sierra Club. 
They were scheduled to travel to 
Cancun, Mexico, in December 
to join the club delegation at the 
United Nations Climate Change 
Conference. Eileen Goddard 
Albrigo is a grandmother of eight! 
Todd and Carrie have four boys 



and a girl. In September, Kevin and 
Molly had twin boys, little brothers 
to the couple's 5-year old. In 
October, daughter Liz was married 
in a beautiful ceremony overlooking 
the beach on Hilton Head Island, 
S.C., the family's favorite vacation 
spot. After the wedding, Liz and 
Chris moved from Denver back 
to Virginia, close to the rest of the 
family. Eileen is retired and still 
trying to figure out how she ever 
had time to work! 

Jana Privette Usry, despite her 
current aggressive battle with breast 
cancer, remains amazingly active 
with her mediation services in 
Richmond courts and her singing 
with the One Voice Chorus, which 
promotes diversity and racial 
reconciliation in its policies and 
music. Their November concert 
featured all Broadway music, 
with selections from West Side 
Story, South Pacific, and Show 
Boat highlighting the resolution 
of ethnic and racial conflict. Jana 
also is chairman of the UVa. Club 
of Richmond's schools committee, 
which held a party for all incoming 
members of the Class of 2014 
from the Richmond area. Among 
the 165 attendees was Virginia's 
First Family, including Gov. Bob 
McDonnell, his wife, and one of 
their twins, both of whom are in the 
incoming class. 



Sandra Hutchison Schanne 

enjoyed a brief trip to the Denver 
area to visit daughter Amy's 
family. Grandson Layne was the 
major attraction, as she sees her 
three Texas grandchildren and 
her three Virginia grandchildren 
more often. In October, Sandra 
suffered through a long, confusing 
stint of jury duty on a personal 
injury case in Fairfax County, Va. 
It dragged on longer than expected 
and was difficult to adjudicate, 
but it satisfied the jurors' civic 
responsibilities for a few years. 
Susan Roth Nurin is thinking of 
retiring from teaching Spanish in 
Annapolis, Md., so she can return 
home to New York City. Susan and 
her brother moved their 97-year- 
old mother into an assisted living 
facility north of the city near her 
brother's home and Susan likes 
to visit as often as possible. Son 
Justin, 31, is engaged to be married 
and daughter Tamara, 37, has a 
serious boyfriend. But, Susana 
laments, she has no married 
children and no grandchildren yet. 
She joined Facebook and invites 
you all to find her there before she 
comes to our reunion. 

Winnie Woodson Stribling 

and husband Brad retired, but she 
continues to work part time with the 
San Ramon Valley Unified School 
District in California. She serves 



Sally 
Albrecht 
Brennan 

traveled in 

September 

with her 

Fabulous Four 

suitemates: 

Carol Pettigrew Hallman, Julie 

Bondurant Freeman, and Prentiss 

Davies. Their annual trip turned 

historic, with stops at Gettysburg, 

Antietam, and Harper's Ferry, plus 

two nights at Carol's home in Great 

Falls, Va. Carol was in the middle 

of packing for her move to Orange, 

Va. All four ladies plan to attend 

our reunion in June. 

Nancy Shackelford Jones 

moved from New York's Manhattan 
to her home in Manakin Sabot, Va. 
The move marks the completion of 
her volunteer work at the Cloisters 
Museum, the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, and the Brick 
Church, and as regent of the DAR's 
New York City chapter. Throughout 
the next two years, Nancy plans to 
continue as president general of 
the Colonial Dames of America, 
concentrating on the group's goals 
of historic preservation, education, 
and scholarship. 



Winnie Woodson Stribling '66 serves 
on a preschool assessment team that 
helps determine if youngsters qualify 
for special education. 



on a preschool assessment team 
that helps determine if youngsters 
qualify for special education. 
Winnie also directs the handbell 
choir at her church. Daughter Sarah 
graduated summa cum laude with 
a major in religious studies from 
Humboldt State University and is a 
graduate student at Pacific School 
of Religion, Graduate Theological 
Union in Berkeley, Calif. Winnie 
is eager to attend our reunion 
and hopes to reconnect with Ann 
Martin Allen, Sandy Pearson 
DAcunto, and Eleanor Mcjilton. 

Mary Kathryn Rowell and 

husband Charlie enjoy retired life 
and playing golf. They accepted a 
friend's invitation to spend most of 
January in sunny Naples, Fla. Mary 
Kathryn continues to volunteer 
at Woodlawn Plantation with 
Nelly's Needlers and invites us to 
attend their annual needlework 
exhibit and stay for lunch, when 



she proudly becomes a Colonial 
waitress each year. 

Ginny Bateman Brinkley 

and husband Bill enjoyed a lovely 
August visit at their Florida lake 
house with Rick and Kathy Fowler 
Bahnson. Rick and Kathy were on a 
"celebrating Rick's retirement" tour, 
and there was much fun, laughter, 
and reminiscing. In October, Ginny 
and Bill flew to Seattle for another 
memory-filled and memory-making 
weekend with Roger and Ryan 
Stewart Davis. Ryan's home is 
close to Whidbey Island, Wash., 
where Ginny's Navy flight officer 
grandson is stationed, and they 
spent a day with him there. Ginny 
described Ryan's new town of Port 
Townsend, Wash., as a "storybook, 
hippie-like little place" that they 
all fell in love with. Ginny and Bill 
have 13 grandchildren, including 
the addition of three new babies. 
Son Scott and his wife in Tampa, 
Fla., had a baby girl in September. 
Twin boys were born to Bill Jr. 
and his wife in Huntsville, Ala. 
Mila Grace, Marc, and Broc all are 
growing beautifully and adored by 
the entire family. Ginny finished 
the manuscript she unearthed 
while closing out her deceased 
uncle's place last year and had his 
intriguing science fiction story 
published. She promises to bring 
copies to our reunion. 

Patty Bergin Bergman 

also lives in the Seattle area, a 
few hours from Port Townsend. 
She spends most of her time 
working out at the YMCA, doing 
yoga, cardio, strength training 
workouts, and spinning to keep in 
shape. Her youngest daughter was 
married in Seattle in July but has 
lived and worked in the mining 
business in Australia since her 
2007 graduation from Colgate 
University. The wedding guest 
list included 20 Australians, all 
six of Patty's children and their 
families, East Coast relatives, 
Megan's Colgate friends, and 
some local friends. Since Megan's 
husband is Australian and they 
live in Sydney, Patty must rely 
on email and Skype to stay in 
touch. Another daughter lives 
nearby with her three children, 
while her husband is on duty with 
his reserve unit in Afghanistan, 
giving Patty ample opportunity 
to attend soccer games, help 
drive the children to lessons and 
practices, and generally be on 
standby. Most of Patty's travels 
are to visit her children, who 
are scattered around the world. 
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close by and the one who lives in 
Australia, one lives in Denver but 
works in Alaska; one is in Belgium; 
one is in Texas; and another one is 
in San Diego. Patty plans to attend 
our reunion in June. 

Cathe Cantwell Luria of Gig 

Harbor, Wash., is a family nurse 
practitioner/psychiatrist. She 
sings, and she and her husband 
belong to an active group of 
English country dancers, giving 
them opportunities for travel. 
In August, they spent 10 days 
in Portland, Ore., with their 
daughter's family, during a 
pretend retirement, enjoying 
their two small grandchildren. 
Cathe volunteered in her 
daughter's ESL class and assisted 
with hands-on science lessons. 
It was delightful watching the 
"newest English speakers in fifth 
grade" get excited about their 
first science kits and seeing how 
the enthusiasm sparked better 
language development. Cathe's 
50th high school class reunion is 
coming up, so she plans to join us 
next time at UMW for our 50th. 

Betsy Chappelear Tryon 

celebrated her birthday with 

a three-day stay in Las Vegas. 

Daughter Maureen and 

granddaughter Maddy traveled 

with her and they found many 

kid-friendly things to 

do. Their room in the 

Bellagio overlooked 

the musical 

fountains. They 

attended The Lion 

King musical and 

found a restaurant 

that specializes in chocolate. Who 

could complain about chocolate 

pizza topped with marshmallows? 

What a birthday! 

Nancy Alford Newell 

spent two months last summer 
vacationing in their Montana 
mountain home in a "heavenly 
place called McLeod," halfway 
between Bozeman and Billings, 
and about an hour and a half from 
Yellowstone. Nancy returned to 
reality in Virginia in October. 
Mickey Black Kapa proudly 
announced her reentry to acting 
after a 40-year hiatus, landing a 
part in Swift Creek Mill Theatre's 
production of The Foreigner. 
Mickey played innkeeper Betty 
Meeks in 23 performances 
in Colonial Heights, Va. 
Congratulations, Mickey! 






Nancy McDonald Legat 
dlegatl@sc.rr.com 

I continue to enjoy retirement 
with my husband. We spend lots 
of time with our three daughters 
and their husbands, and our seven 
grandchildren. We are active at our 
church, and I mentor at a nearby 
elementary school and volunteer at 
a charity thrift store and food bank. 
I also enjoy writing and making 
note cards. 

Jacqueline C. Rueff Wingert 

retired after 40 years in special 
education. She and John live 
outside Syracuse, N.Y., but plan a 
permanent move to Aurora, Maine, 
where they bought a farmhouse 
and barn built in 1805. Christine 
Brooks of Vienna, Va., retired after 
42 years and loves it. She still wakes 
up early but can take long walks as 
soon as it's light outside, and when 
she gets home, she can actually 
read the paper. She joined a small 
writing group and enjoys living at 
a slower pace. She hasn't felt this 
relaxed since living in India as a 
child and feels lucky that she could 
afford to retire. Last but not least, 
her cat loves having her home. 

Ann Dalby Cole is happily 
retired in Albuquerque, N.M., 



Alexis Ball Smith '67 and 
husband Walter have a beef 
cattle farm in eastern Orange 
County, Va., near Lake Anna. 



after a long career in medical 
technology, which included 
supervisory, managerial, lab tech, 
and medical sales jobs, plus MBA 
school, with a few detours along 
the way. She lived in the Orlando, 
Fla., area for 18 years; in St. Paul, 
Minn., for 13 years; and has been in 
Albuquerque for 11 years. Partner 
Rudie passed away in 2005 and Ann 
still maintains a family relationship 
with Rudie's sisters and nephews. 
Last Christmas, 10 of them stayed 
in her house. She plays duplicate 
bridge and lots of golf, sings in two 
choruses, and hangs out and travels 
with her BFF. Since retiring at age 
60, she has been to Alaska, Hawaii, 
Costa Rica, and all over the western 
United States. She got her real estate 
license, and she pet-sits, mystery 
shops, and paints houses. 

Alexis Ball Smith and 

husband Walter have a beef cattle 
farm in eastern Orange County, 
Va., near Lake Anna. She retired 



in 2007 after nearly 40 years in 
education in Orange. She was a 
teacher, curriculum coordinator, 
principal, and central office 
curriculum director, and she said 
that Mary Washington prepared 
her well. She received her master's 
degree from UVa. in 1992. When 
she received her UMW directory, 
she was excited to finally get 
contact information for her 
freshman- and sophomore-year 
roommate, Rhetta Spoonts 
Yount! Turns out, Rhetta lives in 
South Carolina, not too far from 
Lex's first grandchild, and she 
hopes they can get together. 

Meg Livingston Asensio 
meglala@aol.com 



Linda Marett Disosway 
ldisosway@gmail.com 

I'm writing these notes in 
November, with Thanksgiving 
almost here and Christmas around 
the corner. I hope everyone had 
a wonderful holiday, as it will be 
spring before you read this. 

Barbara Marks Poppleton, 
Jane Jackson Woerner, Martha 
Pickard Zink '70, and I gathered 
last November at Barbara's 
beautiful home in St. Augustine, 
Fla. Unfortunately, Jane had to 
leave to attend the funeral of an 
uncle in Virginia but managed to 
return before the end of the visit. 
We visited historical sites in St. 
Augustine, shopped, and caught up 
on what's going on in each other's 
lives. I don't believe we ever ran out 
of things to talk about. 

Linda Huff Alderson, Bonnie 
Page Hoopengardner, and Karen 
Kilgore Ralston planned to attend 
the mini-reunion 



sorely missed, but we plan to get 
together again before the next 
UMW reunion in 2014. 

Catherine O'Connor 
Woteki, recipient of UMW's 2009 
Distinguished Alumnus Award, 
was confirmed by the Senate 
in September to be the USDA's 
undersecretary for research, 
education, and economics. 
Catherine served from 1997 to 
2001 as the first under secretary 
for food safety. Since then, she has 
served as Iowa State University's 
dean of agriculture and professor 
of human nutrition. Most recently, 
she was global director of scientific 
affairs at Mars, a multinational 
food and confectionary company 
headquartered in McLean, Va. 
Catherine majored in biology and 
chemistry at UMW She received 
master's and doctoral degrees 
from the University of Maryland 
at College Park's human nutrition 
management education program. 

Lucy Bowles Wayne's book 
Sweet Cane: The Architecture of 
the Sugar Works of East Florida, 
chronicling the history of the 
Florida sugar industry from the 
late 1700s, was published last 
year. The industry flourished for 
decades, but by January of 1836, it 
was devastated by Native American 
attacks during the Second Seminole 
War intended to rid the Florida 
frontier of settlers, and the 
industry never regained the same 
level of importance. Lucy studied 
art history at Mary Washington 
and earned master's and doctoral 
degrees from the University of 
Florida. She is vice president/ 
archaeological and architectural 
historian principal at SouthArc in 
Gainesville, Fla. 

Connie Hinson of 

Kilmarnock, Va., sings with the 
Chesapeake Chorale in the fall 
and with the Rappahannock 



but ended up with 

other commitments. 

Linda's husband, 

Sandy, was hired as 

the general manager 

for the New York 

Mets, so she had to 

attend several related 

functions during our 

reunion. She's excited 

about moving to New 

York, since daughter Cate lives in 

New Jersey with her husband and 

two children. There's nothing like 

being close to the grandchildren! 

Bonnie had family commitments, 

and Karen was enjoying a family 

vacation in Mexico. They were 



A book by Lucy Bowles Wayne '69, 
Sweet Cane: The Architecture of 
the Sugar Works of East Florida, 
chronicling the history of the 
Florida sugar industry from the 
late 1700s, was published last year. 



Choral Society in the spring. 
The 100-participant Chesapeake 
Chorale presented three 
performances in three counties 
last December, with the proceeds 
donated to local school music 
programs. The 35- to 50-woman 



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Rappahannock chorus was to 
present one concert, in conjunction 
with the Northern Neck Big Band, 
in May. Connie traveled some last 
year, attending a niece's wedding in 
Jamaica in January and spending 
a week with family in Kitty Hawk, 
N.C., in August. 

Gloria Shelton Gibson spent 
long weekends last summer with 
friends at Wild Dunes Resort in 
South Carolina, a few days with 
girlfriends in the mountains 
outside of Galax, Va., and some 
time with friends at Beech 
Mountain, N.C. She said she is 
lucky to have friends who invite 
her to these great locations. Gloria 
also visits her parents in Danville, 
Va., every month or so. 

Claudia Stell Hawks retired in 
2009 after 24 years of teaching AP 
English literature at Nansemond- 
Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Va. 
She received her master's degree 
in education 
from U.Va. in 
1970, worked in 
speech therapy 
for three years, 
and then went 
back to earn her 
graduate hours 
in English. For 
many years, 

she traveled the country to grade 
the national AP English literature 
exam. She married Jimmy in 1970, 
when he was also at U.Va. He 
practiced law and is a circuit court 
judge in Portsmouth, Va., where 
they live. They have three children. 
Carney, 36, lives in Greenwich, 
Conn.; Ned, 34, lives in Washington 
state; and Lindsay, 22, is a senior art 
major at George Mason University. 
Claudia has three grandchildren, 
ages 2, 4, and 5, who live in 
Greenwich. She loves retirement 
and plans to do nothing worthwhile 
in the future. She has promised to 
come to our next reunion. 

Connie Cline Bukzin and 

husband Mitch attended son Jay's 
marriage to Tiffany Sotelo in Santa 
Barbara, Calif., last October. It was 
a small wedding, but the couple 
had a party with East Coast friends 
upon their return to Virginia. Jay 
is a private practice oral surgeon 
and Tiffany is a urologist at George 
Washington University Hospital. 
Connie and Mitch are delighted 
that Tiffany has become part of 
the family. 

Please let me hear from 
you. It's fun to find out what 
our fellow classmates have been 
doing. Our lives seem to become 



fuller and more interesting as we 
get older. We are definitely an 
active group, so tell us about your 
accomplishments, hobbies, travels, 
families, and anything else you 
think we should know. 



Carole LaMonica Clark 
clarktjcj@skybest.com 

Ted and I were looking forward 
to a Thanksgiving visit from his 
daughter and her family. Please 
send news. We'd like to hear what 
y'all are doing! 

Ellen Grace Jaronczyk's 

husband, Bob, passed away in 
October. Bob was diagnosed with 
cancer before they attended our 
class reunion last June, but they 
did not share that news with 
anyone. There was hope that he 
could beat it until last fall. On 



Natalie }. Belle '76 earned a graduate 
degree in biochemistry and molecular 
biology, completed medical school 
and surgical residency at U. Va., and 
has an academic practice in Ohio. 



behalf of all of our classmates, I 
offer our sincere condolences to 
Ellen and her family. 

Brenda Jennings Louthian 

took her grandsons, Richard, 8, 
and Trent, 5, to Fredericksburg 
last July. They visited the 
George Washington Birthplace 
National Monument and George 
Washington's Boyhood Home at 
Ferry Farm, and the boys enjoyed 
a Civil War reenactment that 
included the firing of a cannon. 
They were impressed that the 
Civil War re-enactors wore wool 
uniforms on a 
hot and humid 
summer day in 
Virginia. Brenda 
was impressed 
by UMW's new 
walkway over U.S. 1. 



Suzanne, studies book art in 
graduate school at the University 
of Alabama, where she teaches 
an undergraduate course with 
another professor. 



Karen Laino Giannuzzi 
kapitankLl l@yahoo.com 

Sherry Rutherford Myers 
dllmyers@netzero.com 

Dennis and I continue to stay on 
the go. My new legal assistant job 
is going well, and it's a pleasure to 
still learn something new every 
day. We attended the wedding of 
the daughter of David and Cheryl 
Prietz Childress at Hotel Roanoke 
in Virginia. It was a stunning affair 
and Thea made an exquisite bride. 
Son Alex made a handsome usher 
and we all got a bit misty-eyed 
when he escorted Cheryl to her 
seat. We felt honored to be at the 
table with the bride's parents, 
as they've always viewed us as 
"honorary family." Welcoming 
Thea's husband, Eric, into the 
family was a genuine pleasure. 
What a nice guy! The boating trips 
and Colonial reenactments were on 
hold through the winter, so things 
were a bit quieter for Cheryl and 
Dave. We planned to visit them 
during Thanksgiving weekend. 

Sherrie Mitchell Boone and 

John are doing fine in Roanoke. 
Sherries daughter, Leighanne, 
and husband Scott spent some 
time at the Colorado condo with 
daughters Anna, 4, and Molly, 
2. Sherries son, Trey, came back 
from a three-month trip to Asia 
and returned to British Columbia 
before meeting up with the family 



Last March, 
Martha Veasey 
Sawyer and husband Roger 
celebrated their ninth anniversary 
with a trip to Asheville, N.C. They 
stayed at the Grand Bohemian 
Hotel, toured Biltmore Estate, 
shopped in Historic Biltmore 
Village, and had dinner at Red 
Stag Grill. (Ted and I have 
season passes to Biltmore Estate 
and love visiting and dining 
there.) Martha's stepdaughter, 



Sherry Rutherford Myers '72 
and Dennis attended the wedding 
of the daughter of David and 
Cheryl Prietz Childress '72 at 
Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. 



in Colorado. Trey was headed to 
Pittsburgh to work on his doctorate 
in philosophy of time and science, 
and Sherrie is thrilled to have him 
back in the same time zone. She and 
John also spend time in Hyattsville, 
Md., with John's daughter, Kate, her 
husband, Scott, and their children, 
ages 1 and 3. Sherrie and John say 
it's fun having grandchildren ages 



1, 2, 3, and 4. They took an August 
beach trip for John's mother's 90th 
birthday. 

Mary Saunders Williams again 
hosted a group, including Sherrie, 
Nancy Mahone Miller, Brenda 
Franklin, Terri Hall Alford, and 
Shirley Harris Sutton, for beach 
week. Shirley planned to host 
everyone again this fall, and Sherrie 
was disappointed that she couldn't 
go due to a high volume of piano- 
tuning work. The "girls" always have 
a wonderful, nostalgic time at the 
mini-reunions and say its easier to 
reconnect with the children grown. 

In closing, I hope everyone had 
a good 2010 and a happy holiday 
season. Let us pray for a prosperous 
20 11. Until next time... 



Debby Reynolds Linder 
bdlinder@mac.com 






Sid Baker Etherington 
sidleexx@yahoo.com 

Suzy Passarello Quenzer 
sq3878@att.com 






Armecia Medlock 
vagirl805@msn.com 



Helen Salter 
ahsalter@bresnan .net 

Dear friends, I hope you all are 
well. I think of you often. Many 
of you are aware that our 35th 
reunion will be in June. As I 
submitted this entry in November, 
I wasn't sure if I'd be able to attend, 
but I hope many of you will 
consider coming. Reunions are a 
lot of fun, and I enjoyed our 25th 
in 2001. 

I am thankful tor my Mary 
Washington friends who wrote and 
sent condolences upon the death 
of my father on April 11, 2010. 
Many of us have aging parents, and 
it is difficult to muddle through 
such times, but many of us also 
are blessed with siblings, children, 
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, 
and cousins. The older I get, the 
more I realize how special Mary 
Washington friends are, and I wish 
I could visit each of you. 



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CLASS NOTES 




Through the wonders of 
technology, I have discovered 
Facebook! It is an amazing and 
quick way to stay in touch, and our 
school has a huge online presence. 
In the past year, I've "friended" many 
Mary Washington alums from our 
class and others. News from recent 
months is summarized below. 

As many of you know, I still 
battle chronic fatigue and immune 
deficiency syndrome. Fortunately, 
my patient husband, Alan, helps me 
so much. My mother lives close by 
in Grand Junction, Colo., and we 
cook, paint, read, and shop together 
when possible. My stepchildren are 
doing well. Jeff received his master's 
degree in chemistry from Montana 
State University last year and 
teaches high school chemistry in 
Salt Lake City. His wife, Elise, works 
for JetBlue, and their children, 
Joshua (11), Grant (7), and Lauren 
(5) play soccer. My stepdaughter, 
Rachele, completed nursing school 
in 2006 and is a recovery room 
nurse in Denver. 

Natalie J. Belle completed 
medical school and surgical 
residency at U.Va. and has an 
academic practice in Ohio. She 
earned a graduate degree in 
biochemistry and molecular 
biology, which led to her decision 
to apply to medical school at the 
ripe old age of 45. She teaches and 
flies her little airplane around, 
taking care not to hit the KeyBank 
building in Cleveland. 



North Alabama Conference of the 
United Methodist Church. She 
has preached, taught, and led a 
women's retreat. Karen has searched 
diligently to find two of her 
roommates, Judith Martens Staples 
and Margaret Spragins, to no avail. 
If you know how to reach either, 
please let me know and I'll contact 
Karen. She emails with her French 
House roommate, Alison Cross 
Denier, who lives in Colorado, and 
she hears from Faythe Calandra, 
another French House resident, 
every Christmas. On another sad 
note, Karen's father passed away in 
January of 2010. 

Rebecca Reames lost her 
mother in September. During the 
fall, Becky was on sabbatical from 
her position as associate professor 
of music at the Crane School of 
Music at SUNY Potsdam near 
the Canadian border. Since our 
last reunion, she took her choir to 
China and visited Italy. Now, if I 
could just get her to visit Colorado. 

Judy Clark Hays's son, 
William, studies dentistry at 
the University of Maryland at 
Baltimore. Daughter Hannah 
studies at the Illinois College of 
Optometry in Chicago. Judy is a 
part-time librarian for the local 
school district in Cary, N.C. We 
talk on the phone frequently but 
haven't seen each other since 2003, 
when Judy, Dan, and the children 
visited Colorado. 



Patti Jo Anderson "friended' 
me on Facebook. She is a project 
manager for Verizon Wireless 



Sandra Nelson Smith earned 
a master's degree in library science 
from the University 
of Tennessee in j an Biermami > 76 heads tne 

Knoxville, married 

an engineer, and education and health promotion 

moved to Seattle, department, educating mothers- 

where she is a 

librarian for the to-he, with the March of Dimes. 

King County 

Library System. 

She and her husband have three and loves to read on her Kindle. 

children. Stuart teaches English in She planned an October 10, 

Korea, Thyra attends law school in 2010 (10/10/10) wedding for 

New York City, and Lee lives and daughter Lauren Grose and Tyler 

works in the university district, Pasake. Patti Jo's entire family, 

where he isn't going to school including husband David Grose 

but is having fun! Sandra and her and daughter Kaitlynn Grose, 

husband enjoy outdoor activities, celebrated. In learning about PJ's 

mostly sailing in the San Juan and activities, I've been in touch with 

Gulf Islands. Sadly, Sandra's father her sister, Cynthia Anderson 

passed away in 2003, and her Schmidt '79, and their mother, 

mother needs her help from time Helen Anderson. 

to time. . 

Fellow music majors Perrie 

Karen Sullivan Iseman and Arnold Carrow and Suzanne 

husband Ron are retired and live Hawkins Stephens stay in 

in northern Alabama, between touch through Facebook. Perrie 

Huntsville and Birmingham. Karen works for New Castle County 

is a certified lay speaker in the in Wilmington, Del., providing 



reference services at the library 
and maintaining special 
collections. Perrie and Bob have 
been married for more than 25 
years and enjoy their children, 
Bill and Christine. Sadly, Perrie 
lost her mother-in-law last spring. 
Suzanne lives in Long County, 
Ga., with husband Jack and 
their two daughters, Emily and 
Linda. For you music majors who 
remember Roger Bailey, I also 
found him on Facebook. He lives 
in Kingsport, Tenn., and directs a 
professional choir. 

Susan Still Protich's son, 
Sam, graduated from UMW 
last year! Her daughter, Mary 
Protich Dell, has two boys, 
Phinneaus and Atticus. Susan 
retired as an art teacher for 
Newport News Public Schools. 
She emails with roommate Laura 
Macomber Cowan, who lives in 
the Washington, D.C., area with 
husband Mark; daughter Mattie, 
25; and son Travis, 18. 



The following news was 
submitted in August of 2007 
but was not published. I am not 
sure why. Consequently, I am 
resubmitting my news below, with 
updates where possible. 

Myra McCord Lovelace still 
works in the chemical industry 
in Fulshear, Texas. She has two 
daughters and a stepdaughter. 
Relocation seems unlikely, 
since husband Jim moved from 
the oil service business to an 
international chemical firm. He 
continues to travel overseas and 
Myra joined him on a trip to 
Germany and Austria. 

Helen French Thornton 
Branch retired in 2005 but is one 
of those people who just can't 
stop working. She continues the 
work she did for more than 20 
years with problem populations, 
provides counseling and other 
services to women in a long-term 
transitional housing program, and 
continues to work with victims of 
domestic violence and is writing 
a book for their use. Helen has 
two grandsons, CJ and Avery. 
Sir Henry, her dog, continues 
to manage the household in 
Peachtree City, Ga. 



Lundy Baker Updike and Lois 
Brown '41 have become friends. 
Lois lives nearby and Lundy 
helped her with her Class Notes 
for this issue. Lundy 's second son, 
Jim, a sophomore at UMW, is 
veering from history „ , . ... ,_, 

to computer sciences. Mary Ann Kalafat Wray 76 

He lived in Mason his an ^ husband Tim live in 

freshman year and is __, TJ . , ., . 

now "down the hill" in Vienna, Va., where Mary Ann 

Marshall. Sam, Lundy 's practices psychotherapy for 

oldest, is set to graduate r ^ • r. 

in May from vcu with Kaiser Permanente. 

a bachelor of fine arts 

degree in theater/lighting design. ., „ . .. , 

1T P P . i j j Meg Costello reminds us 

His summer experiences included ., , , °. , , tTTA/r , Ar ..i 

., „ r .. , • n r that she started at UMW with 

the Operatestival in Rome; lexas, .i ~i c ^-> a a ^ a 

^ -ij ■ r. 1 t-. the Class ot 73 and graduated 

the musical drama in Palo Duro mi. «.i_ r-\ c-,, cu 

with the Class or 76. She enjoys 

wandering in the woods with her 
dog and scouting for blue heron. 
For the past three years, she has 
completed triathlons, and she 
swims from May until November 
Lundy found Debbie Dawson in the lake near her house. She 
Troy, a radiologist who lives in the presented a paper in June of 2007 
Pittsburgh area with Phil, whose at the Conference of the Working 

law specialty covers several states. Class Studies Association in St. 
Son William was prepping for Paul, Minn. Meg earned a master's 

college, and daughter Kris would degree in communications, 

live at the stables with her horse if specializing in workplace conflict 
she could! management, and that keeps the 

path of her life varied. Despite 
Jane Reese-Coulbourne was living in Massachusetts for more 
named executive director of the than half her life, she said that 

Reagan-Udall Foundation. The home is still where her mot her 

nonprofit, created by Congress lives in weste rn Maryland. She 

to help the FDA enhance often thinks about the plated 

regulatory science capabilities woodpeckers that hammered 

and to convene public/private away at the trees along tne stream 

partnerships, was awarded a behind duPont, but mostly she 

grant from the Bill & Melinda thinks of the wonderful friends 

Gates Foundation. she made at Mary Washington. 



Canyon, Texas; and an internship 
in project design in Madison, Wis. 
Tom, Lundy 's youngest, is a high 
school sophomore and plays his 
tenor sax every chance he gets. 



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Meg returns to Fredericksburg 
to visit Molly Jones '75, sister of 
Madelin Jones Barratt and one 

of three Jones sisters to graduate 
from Mary Washington. Molly 
is mentor/godmother to Meg's 
Aizen, who lives and works in 
New York City. While working 
near Burlington, Vt, Meg enjoyed 
several meals with Matt Welz 
'03, who studied math in the 
University of Vermont's graduate 
program. On a trip to Jacksonville, 
Fla., Meg stayed with Mary 
Moody Kress, who started in the 
Class of '73, received a degree in 
journalism from VCU, retired as 
financial editor of the Jacksonville 
newspaper, and delights in barrel 
race competition. Meg sends 
greetings of peace to each of you. 

Margaret "Fred" Brown 
Douglas lives in Ashland, Va., 
which she says is a hidden treasure. 
"It's very much like the 1950s still 
in Ashland, in all the most positive 
ways. When you get sick, neighbors 
bring a pot of chicken soup and the 
Fourth of July parade comprises 
kids on bicycles with playing cards 
pinned to their spokes. We love it!" 
Fred lives in an old home adjacent 
to Randolph-Macon College 
with husband Jack. In 2001, she 
finished a George Washington 
University program in landscape 
design, which she practices with 
Jack, a landscape architect. They 
design commercial, residential, 
and municipal projects on the East 
Coast, from Pennsylvania to South 
Carolina. Fred also continues to do 
part-time management consulting 
for the Navy. Jack is an adjunct 
faculty member at U.Va's School 
of Architecture. Fred's daughter, 
Lucy Mears, graduated from the 
College of William and Mary 
and was completing the Master's 
International Program at George 
Mason University, spending 27 
months in the Peace Corps. Jack's 
daughter, Courtney, lives in Italy 
and manages a Tuscan villa. His 
son, Hurt, lives and works in 
Asheville, N.C. 

Mary Ruth Burton of 

Richmond still operates her 
seven-person consulting firm, 
Burton-Fuller Management, 
which provides organizational 
development, executive coaching, 
and training services to companies 
in Virginia and across the country. 
Mary Ruth's daughter majored in 
international political science and 
sociology at Christopher Newport 
University, where she was in 
student government and a sorority. 
Mary Ruth's son majored in 



Alumna's Devotion 
to Public Health 
Pays Off in Africa 

In 1 976, Lisa Nichols '80 had it all planned out. She 
wanted to attend Mary Washington because of its 
small size and proximity to her Richmond home, so 
she applied nowhere else. She wanted to work in 
the U.S. Congress, so she studied political science, 
interned, and became a legislative aide to Sen. 
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa. 

Her rise to program director of a U.S.-sponsored 
health project in Mali, Africa, more than 30 years 
later wasn't in the plan. But it does illustrate how an 
education that encourages broad-mindedness and 
diverse experience prepares you to change your life 
- and the lives of others. 

While working for Hayakawa, Nichols was 
inspired by Peace Corps volunteers returning 
from abroad."! was interested in doing something 
completely different, something that had the 
potential to contribute to someone else's path in 
life," she said. 

She left her job in the Senate, and, in 1 982, 
joined the Peace Corps to teach high school English 
in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
During the African drought of 1985, she went 
back to the continent with a nongovernmental 
international organization to provide emergency 
food relief. 

"I was eager to return because, when I left, I felt 
I hadn't finished the challenge," Nichols said. "Every 
day is different. The environment is very complex, 
so the challenges are sometimes enormous and yet 
sometimes very subtle." 

Now in Mali, Nichols, 52, maneuvers through 
the political system and foreign language of the 
former French colony for Abt Associates, a social 
science research company contracted by USAID 
Mali. She manages a $22 million budget and four 
subcontractor organizations with 60 employees, 
59 of whom are Malian. She meets with Ministry of 
Health and other officials to discuss obstacles to 
and strategies for improving public health in every 
region of the country. 

Nichols' project works to facilitate vaccination, 
better nutrition, malaria prevention, family 
planning, and more. It focuses on women's 
health, a key factor in changing the course of a 
country's development. 




Though she didn't pursue the career 
she'd originally planned, her Mary 
Washington education gave political 
science major Lisa Nichols '80 the 
foundation she needed to excel in her role 
as program director of a U.S.-sponsored 
health project in Africa. 

"It's fulfilling to see the maternal mortality 
rate and the infant mortality rate going down," 
Nichols said. 

In her career, Nichols has worked in 
Cambodia, Haiti, and a host of other countries. 
She became fluent in French and briefly 
returned to the United States to earn a master's 
degree in public health. 

"I always say that I stopped planning my 
life once I finished the Peace Corps and just 
went through the doors that were opened to 
me," Nichols said. "So, in effect, international 
development and public health chose me." 

Mary Washington gave Nichols policy 
background that helped her understand and 
address the complex issues involved in public 
health, and it also nurtured her passion for 
it. Nichols said the expectations of her 
professors helped her learn to think on her 
feet, be creative, and be able to negotiate in 
diverse environments. 

"At Mary Washington, you were asked to 
defend your opinion, articulate in your own 
words what you had read, and draw your own 
conclusions ... to go beyond just learning the 
facts," Nichols said. "I can say I was pretty narrow 
" my thinking about what I wanted to do in life, 
~ut, thankfully, my UMW education helped me 
/hen I finally branched out." 

- Lorna Webster 



CLASS NOTES 



finance and biology at the College 
of William and Mary, works for a 
consulting firm doing supply chain 
management for hospitals, and 
lives in Washington, D.C., when 
he isn't on the road. Mary Ruth 
remarried a few years ago but kept 
her maiden name. She works with 
Robin Rimmer Hurst. 



level. Youngest son Jonathan was 
considering the medical profession. 

The following news was 
collected by Madelin Jones 
Barratt and Sue Luscomb, while 
in the process of working on 
Reunion Giving: 



Tennessee state executive board of 
the RE.O. Sisterhood for six years 
and was to be installed as state 
president in May. She has served 



Sue's 27-year-old daughter, 

After college, Kim Stambaugh Alicia, was married last May in 

Jureckson moved to New York ' Charleston S.C., and is a graduate 

City, where she worked, studied, s r tnde ^ j " cli " ical P s y ch ° lo gy 

and danced for several years, and Sue s husband Rich, is also a 

where she met husband Mitchell. cll " ical Pathologist. Daughter 

They've been married more Ashton, 23, is a marketing 

than 25 years and have three administrator in Memphis. Both 

children, Britta, Erica, and Max. f T irls g raduated [ rom Aub > ur » , 

Kim has been a dance educator University. Sue has served on the 

and choreographer in Lancaster, 
Pa., for the past 21 years. She 
is co-director of the nonprofit 
dance organization 

New Movement 

Center of Lancaster, Jane Reese-Coulbourne '76 is 

artistic director ot executive director of the Reagan- 

the Lancaster-based J 

intergenerational Udall Foundation, which was 
Grant Street Dance awarded a grant from the Bill 

Company, and a » 

faculty member at : & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Lancaster Country 

Day School, where ... _._ . . 

she teaches dance at the high as re S ent ot he \ D/ ) R cha P ter to J 

school level. Kim stays in touch J ree years and volunteers at the 

with Marti Taylor but would love Veterans Affairs Medical Center 

to hear from other dance major in Mem P hls - 

classmates. Madelin's son, William, 

Cathy Day Morris would also graduated from U.Va. with a 

love to connect with classmates. do " ble ma J or in R " ssian stud ' es 

All of her family's moves, including and f 110 ™ 105 and 1S ei W d; 

a relocation to Dallas in 1993, daughter Ellen was on track 

were connected with husband to earn h ? ma f T f 7 s de 8 r f e in , 

Bob's continuing education. He " , - , "" nl Aam VLlv;J,ul 

completed his undergraduate 

degree in Georgia, attended 

seminary in Dallas, and pastored 

for six years in Sulphur Springs, 

Texas. He then switched gears, 

becoming a pharmacy technician 

and leading music at their church. 

In 2007, Cathy reported another 

move might be on the horizon, Debbie Daniels Sagmiller's 

as Bob had applied to Dallas older son graduated from The 

Theological Seminary for Citadel and is married, her 

doctorate studies. middle son graduated from 

When she wrote in 2007, Cathy Clemson University and works in 

was assistant to the marketing Maryland, and her daughter is in 

and foundation directors at her hl § h schooL 

local hospital. She said her English Donald Wolthuis '77 and 

degree has come in handy, since she p a tty Buckley Wolthuis live 

writes ads for radio, newspaper, and j n Roanoke, Va., where Donald 

other media. Oldest son Andrew is an assistant U.S. attorney, 

moved back to Mechanicsville, Va., p atty wor k s at a bank. They 

for a manager training program have two children, ages 27 and 

with Chili's restaurant. Middle 25, living in Massachusetts and 

son Philip received a degree in New York. Mary Ann Kalafat 

philosophy from the University of Wray and husband Tim live in 

North Texas and planned to pursue Vienna, Va., where Mary Ann 

his master's and doctoral degrees practices psychotherapy for 

in hopes of teaching at the college Kaiser Permanente. Tim is at the 



daughter Anna is a high school 
sophomore. Madelin's husband, 
Henry, is a commercial lender 
at Xenith Bank, while Madelin 
participates in the women's 
ministry at The Falls Church, 
where she was assistant director of 
the children's choir last year. 



State Department after retiring 
from the Marine Corps. Faythe 
Calandra has been at The World 
Bank for 28 years. She serves 
on the advisory committee 
and teaches Sunday school at 
Arlington Community Church. 

Margo Clifford is an 

elementary school resource 
teacher in Henrico County, 
Va., and puts her artistic 
efforts into fixing up her 
house. Jan Biermann heads the 
education and health promotion 
department, educating mothers- 
to-be, with the March of Dimes. 
Judy Sledge Joyce and husband 
Rick have three children. Jack, 14, 
is a freshman at Gonzaga College 
High School; Julianne and Jeffrey, 
10, are in fifth grade. Rick is an 
attorney at Venable. Judy is a 
stay-at-home mom who's always 
in the car! 

Carolyn Roberts is on the 
road to early retirement and 
enjoys a four- day work week at 
PNC Bank. She was engaged to 
marry Jim Everett in February. 
Susan Grimes, Jan Biermann, 
and Judy Sledge were planning a 
girls' weekend to celebrate. Susan 
and husband Scott went to South 
Africa with Carolyn and Jim. They 
enjoyed cycling and a safari. 

Daphne Johnston Elliott and 

husband John live in Northern 
Virginia, where she is an assistant 
kindergarten teacher in Loudoun 
County. Daughter Missy received 
a degree in landscape architecture 
from U.Va. and is in grad school 
there. Son Jay is pursuing a 
degree in computer 
engineering at 
George Mason 
University. The 
Elliotts traveled to 
Alaska, Bavaria, and 
Tokyo last summer. 



a group specializing in women's 
imaging, went to medical school 
six years after graduating from 
Mary Washington. She and 
her husband, a Naval Academy 
graduate she dated in college, have 
daughter Christine, 16, and son 
William, 20, who attends Clemson 
University. 

Jill Turner Morris and her 

husband own a beef cattle farm 
and have six children; the youngest 
is 22 and the oldest is Jill's 42-year- 
old stepdaughter. Jill has attended 
several reunions and hopes to be 
at our 35th. Susan Cole Friend's 
husband, Robert, is rector of 
All Saints Episcopal Church in 
Richmond and planned to perform 
the ceremony for daughter Taylor's 
April wedding. Susan is very 
involved in church activities. 

Thanks to everyone for 
writing. It's always wonderful to 
hear from you. 



Mary Byrd 
byrdland55@yahoo.com 

Rob Hall and I were in Virginia 
last September for his daughter's 
wedding and saw lots of family 
and friends. Sally Curtis 
Wimberley '80 and husband 
Steve of Woodbridge, Va., hosted 
a mini-reunion for us while we 
were in the area. It was wonderful 
to catch up with Pat Seyller, Deb 
Rundgren '80, Michael Harris 
'80 and fiancee Midori Clough 
Calimlin, Anne Kight Lloyd '81, 



Sharon Reel 
Fuhrmeister's 

daughter, Krista, 
is married; son 

Gregory works in Chicago; and 
Sharon's youngest, Erica, is at 
Johns Hopkins University. Sharon 
is a speech/language pathologist 
in New Jersey. Marcia Richards 
Suelzer works in legal publishing 
and studies mental health 
counseling in graduate school at 
Trinity International University 
outside of Chicago. Marcia has 
three children, a son who was to 
finish college this year and two 
daughters. 

Deborah Dawson Troy, a 

radiologist in private practice in 



Kathleen Williams Pyrce '77 
served as musical director of her 
first show, wrangling 45 pre-teens 
in Seussical the Musical, last 
November at Immaculate Heart of 
Mary Catholic School in Atlanta. 



Steve Whitaker, and Debi Hart 
Harris and to reminisce about dear 
old Mary Washington. 

Kathleen Williams Pyrce 

served as musical director of 
her first show, wrangling 45 
pre-teens in Seussical the Musical, 
last November at Immaculate 
Heart of Mary Catholic School in 
Atlanta. Way to go, Ms. Williams! 
Daughter Mariah is a high school 
junior. Maggie Jeffries-Honeycutt 
became a certified trainer for 
the Equine Assisted Growth and 
Learning Association last fall and 



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hopes, along with husband Don, to 
help troubled children and teens. 

Jacki Vawter, former UMW 
professor of education, sent 
pictures of her trip to South 
Africa. She and husband Rod of 
Charlottesville travel a lot. 

Please send news anytime. 
I hope everyone is well. 



Cindy Clark 
cclarkct@optonline.net 



Barbara Goliash Emerson 
emers3@msn.com 

I still work as manager of 
organizational development and 
training for Fairfax County. My 
husband retired from the fire and 
rescue department and our son 
is a sophomore at East Carolina 
University, where we love to watch 
the Pirates play football. 

For the past few years, several 
of us have gotten together for a 
fall brunch in Virginias Old Town 
Alexandria. This year, we were 
happy to have Karen Noss Helble 
join us. She and husband Stuart 
have a pewter shop in Leesburg. 
Their creations are amazing as is 
the house they designed with a 
gorgeous mountain view in Round 
Hill. Their two beautiful daughters 
and handsome son are all students 
at JMU, which makes visits easier. 
Karen also works for Loudoun 
County Public Schools. 

Jane Daniels Ferguson was 

another new face at our annual 
brunch. She's as funny as ever 
and looks exactly the same. We 
discovered that Jane lives about a 
mile from me! One of her sons, 
Jack, graduated from West Virginia 
University and was considering 
graduate school. Her other son, Alex, 
is in the Air Force. Linda McCarthy 
Milone still lives in Georgetown 
with husband Paul. Older son Max 
attends the University of Denver, 
while younger son Oliver is in high 
school. Carol Middlebrook and 
husband John of Washington, D.C., 
were getting ready for a trip to Italy. 
Carol works for the FDIC. Gayle 
Weinberger Petro teaches Fairfax 
County sixth-graders and still keeps 
us in stitches with hilarious stories. 
Gayle was getting ready for the 
Montpelier Hunt Races she attends 
with Lisa Bratton Soltis and other 
Mary Washington alums. 



Betsy Larson Kyker and 

husband Bill live close to me in 
Fairfax and keep busy with sons 
Quint and Jake, who are in high 
school and middle school. Betsy's 
89-year-old father also lives with 
them, so she has her hands full 
taking care of her family but still 
has time to do incredible holiday 
decorating and is a legend in her 
neighborhood. 

Finally, my sister, Patty Goliash 
Andril '80, joined us for this year's 
brunch. She spends most of her time 
driving to her son and daughter's 
regattas. Katie is a sophomore on the 
sailing team at Connecticut College, 
and John, a senior, started the sailing 
team at the Potomac School. Patty 
also is an artist whose work has been 
exhibited throughout the country. 

If anyone else would like to join 
our fall brunches, please email me. 

Anita Churney Keeler's sister, 
Doris Marie Churney '76, died in 
August after an 18- month battle 
with cancer of the appendix. She 
had retired from her work with the 
federal government in July of 2009. 
She is missed! 

That's all the news I have for 
now. Please send more for the 
next issue. 



Suzanne R. Bevan 
serb@cox.net 



Lori Foster Turley ' 

turleys@sbcglobal.net 

Last spring, I gave up my job at 
United Through Reading to focus 
on volunteer commitments, not the 
least of which is serving as president 
of our local youth soccer league! 
Also, I've been working with Eileen 
O'Connell, Ellen Stanley Booth, 
and Bridget Meaney Weaver on the 
Reunion Giving Committee for our 
class. We hope you'll support Mary 
Washington with a gift in honor of 
our reunion year! 

Susan Dishman Boyd of 

Fredericksburg is a registered nurse 
but took the last year off after a right 
knee replacement. She spends time 
taking care of grandson Chase, who 
was born in 2009. Husband John is 
off of active duty and has two more 
years in the Navy Reserve before 
retiring at 30 years as a captain. 
He has taken a job with the staff of 
the Secretary of Defense. Daughter 
Michele, Chase's mother, is 24, in 



college, and working part time. Son 
Michael is 19, a part-time chef, and 
a community college student in 
Fredericksburg. Michael, Michele, 
and Chase live with John and Susan, 
so they have a full house! 

Steve Ball and Susan 
Whitman Ball, also of 
Fredericksburg, had an exciting 
year. They celebrated their 29th 
anniversary with a Caribbean 
cruise in May, booked a cruise 
to Alaska for their 30th, and 
welcomed their first grandchild, 
Daniel Jonathan Ball, in July. 
In October, Susan's novel, 
Restorations, was published (under 
Susan Elizabeth Ball) by OakTara. 
It's available at online bookstores, 
including Amazon and Christian 
Book Distributors, and at some 
Fredericksburg bookstores. Oldest 
son Chris was to receive his 
master's degree from Villanova 
University in December. Twins Jon 
and Matt are both married and live 
in Stafford County. 

Nancy Novak Riester and 

husband Peter live in Valley Lee, 
Md. Nancy teaches high school. 
Son PJ, a 2007 Naval Academy 
graduate, is stationed aboard a 
submarine out of Bangor, Wash. 
Son Ben earned his bachelor's 
and master's degrees at Villanova 
University. 

Nancy Skinner Woodhouse 

teaches eighth-grade math and 

earth science at Great Neck Middle 

School in Virginia Beach. Husband 

Bill is a financial advisor at First 

Command, where he has worked 

for 25 years. Daughter Sarah is a 

2009 graduate of JMU and a Web 

publisher in 

Charlottesville. 

Son Greg is a 

junior at Virginia 

Tech, majoring 

in aerospace 

engineering. 



Glenis Riegert Pittman 

has worked part time for more 
than six years with the pastoral 
care team at The Falls Church in 
Virginia. She and husband Ken 
of Centreville celebrated 25 years 
of marriage last September. Ken 
was starting Oak Leaf Technology 
Solutions, LLC, a consulting 
business that will help companies 
write proposals for government 
contracts. Son Andrew, a senior 
at Virginia Tech, plans to be a 
systems engineer. Son Marshall is 
a high school freshman. 

See you in June! 



Tara Corrigall 
corrigallt@gmail.com 

I visited with Lori Foster Turley 

'81 in October, when I attended 
a UMW career event, and we 
grabbed a late lunch at Sammy 
T's. She was already busy planning 
her 201 1 class reunion; ours will 
be next. I ran the Wicked 10K in 
Virginia Beach with niece Jordan 
Filchock '12. We dressed as 
cupcake fans with hot pink tulle 
skirts and cute hats designed by 
Jordan's mother, Mona Corrigall 
Filchock '84. We had a great 
time, and I enjoy staying current 
on UMW through the eyes of a 
junior psychology major. 

In late September, Jennifer 
Goodwin Donegan and I hosted 
a "Russell Reunion" for several 
of our roomies and unit-mates. 
We had a great weekend of food, 
beach, shopping, and, of course, 
wine. Vicki Haynes Morris, 



Tom Valente 

is on sabbatical 

from teaching at the University of 
Southern California. He and his 
family are in Paris for a year, while 
he works at the French School of 
Public Health. 

Mark Ingrao enjoys his job as 
president and CEO of the Greater 
Reston Chamber of Commerce, 
where he's worked since 2009. 
Mark also is working with Cedric 
Rucker and John Coski to plan 
our 30th reunion! Please mark 
June 3 to 5 on your calendars and 
plan to join us for a wonderful 
weekend on campus! 



Jo-Marie St. Martin Green '82 
works as general counsel and 
runs the legislative operation for 
Rep. John A. Boehner, Republican 
Speaker of the House. 



who flew in from Wisconsin, 
won the award for traveling the 
farthest. She kept us entertained 
with stories and talk about world 
events. Vicki's letter to the editor 
was published in People magazine. 
Annmarie Cozzi flew in from 
Newark, N.J., and spent time 
comparing Virginia Beach to her 
own Jersey Shore. She spent three 
weeks in Italy with her parents 
and brother. Debbie Snyder 
Barker stopped in Fredericksburg 
to pick up Carl's ice cream for 
the group. Her family was busy 
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Reston VIP is on the Ball 



Whether he is working to make Reston, Va., 
a great place to do business or working the 
sidelines at a Washington Redskins football 
game, Mark Ingrao '81 is never far from his 
experience at Mary Washington. 

Ingrao, who graduated with a bachelor's 
degree in economics, is president and CEO of 
the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. 

"Mary Washington really helped set me 
up for a leadership role," he said. "The whole 
experience was exactly what I needed." 

Ingrao came to college wanting to be 
involved in all facets of campus life, and UMW, 
with its close-knit student body and small 
classes, was ideal. He was president of his 
sophomore class and served on the Honor 
Council as a senior. 

"If I wanted to try something," he said, "the 
opportunity was there. It was the perfect plac 
for me." 

Ingrao also took full advantage of a 
school that encourages social interchange 
between students and professors. "If you had 
a question," he recalled, "you could walk down 
the street, knock on your professor's door, and 
get an answer." 

After he graduated, he worked as 
head of the compensation division for 
Washington Gas and immediately put 
his economics training to use. "I could 
deal with the job ... understand the 
mechanics of it," he said. 

Before he took the helm at 
the Reston Chamber, Ingrao was ( 
president of AspenStrategies. He 
has worked as a lobbyist and for 
a recruiting firm. He has been : 

an executive with the National 
Apartment Association and 
the Apartment and Office 
Building Association. 

Now, about his other job - on the 
Redskins' sidelines. 

Ingrao and a nephew are two of the four 
members of the "Chain Gang," working the 
chains at Redskins home games by holding the 
poles that signify which down is being played 
and how far a team has to go to make the next 
one. The job, handed down by Ingrao's father, 
puts him as close as a spectator can possibly get 
to an NFL game. 

So close that he has been banged up by 
players barreling along the sidelines and 
sometimes has to drop the pole and scurry 
aside when players come hurtling his way. 

Still, it's the dream job for a die-hard 
Redskins fan like Ingrao. And it's an extension 




Mark Ingrao '81, head of the Greater Reston 
Chamber of Commerce, holds a second "job," 
working the sidelines during Washington Redskins 
home games (below). Ingrao said the economics 
tree he earned and the opportunities he 
ceived at Mary Washington helped prepare 
him for a diverse and successful career. 










of the passion for sports that he had at Mary 
Washington. A multisport athlete at Arlington's 
Bishop O'Connell High School, he took up 
tennis at UMW and made the team. Eventually 
he concentrated instead on rugby and played 
with the Mary Washington squad. 

Ingrao frequently visits his old stomping 
grounds. "I like to walk the campus, see the 
improvements," he said. And he makes a point 
of looking up classmate Cedric Rucker '81, 
now UMW dean of student life. Rucker and 
Ingrao are helping organize the class's 30th 
reunion, as Ingrao has done for every reunion 
starting with their fifth. He plans, he said, to 
stay closely involved with Mary Washington as 
it grows and changes. 

- Randy Hallman 



for daughter Leah and their Spanish 
exchange student. With younger son 
Chip off to Virginia Tech, Debbie was 
worried about a quiet house, so they 
arranged for the student to spend a 
year in the busy Barker household. 

Carla Richardson Barrell drove 
in from Roanoke, Va. Daughter 
Kaitlin is enjoying UMW and trying 
to decide on a major. Ann Lambert 
Sensabaugh, who works in banking 
and often can be found in Blacksburg 
for Virginia Tech games, joined us for 
dinner on Friday along with Donna 
DeAlto Stacia. She and husband 
Bill moved into their new house and 
stay busy with work and running. It 
was fabulous to be with old friends. 
We started and finished each other's 
sentences, as if no time had passed. 
I pulled out my college tub and we 
sorted through old pictures and 
memories. Several had burned their 
photos of college beaus when they 
got married, so they were thrilled to 
see them again. 

Kay Howard-Strobel still plays 
soccer in three leagues: women's 
over-30 indoor, women's over-40 
indoor, and coed outdoor. She said, 
"the main difference with hitting 50 
is that after playing, and a shower, 
and a glass of wine, I don't keep the 
eyes open quite as long as I used 
to." Daughter Hannah is a junior 
biomedical engineering major at 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Son 
Matthew, a high school senior, is 
considering mechanical engineering 
as a college major. Husband 
Charles is a senior biologist at the 
Environmental Protection Agency in 
Narragansett, R.I. Kay is a research 
associate in marine sciences at the 
University of Connecticut. 

Jenifer Blair attended the 
13th annual Rehoboth Beach 
Independent Film Festival with 
Nancy Kaiser, Mary, and friends 
from Richmond. They have attended 
the festival since its second year. 
JB had an early 50th birthday 
surprise trip to an October taping of 
Oprah with her sister, mother, and 
aunt. The show featured teenage 
heartthrobs and included Oprah's 
interview with Jackie Jackson of the 
Jackson 5 and live performances 
by Shawn Cassidy (remember Da 
Doo Ron Ron?), Peter Frampton and 
his band, and the Backstreet Boys. 
They spent the rest of the weekend 
in Chicago, enjoying unseasonably 
warm weather and great shopping 
and food! JB spent her 50th birthday 
at the beach with Nancy, Mary, 
Donna, and roomie Barb Dixon. JB 
was appointed to UMW's Alumni 
Association Board of Directors. 



Georgiana Hall (G.G. Hall) 
published her first novel, Hershey, 
A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit, a 
heartwarming and humorous story 
that takes readers into the mind 
and life of a house rabbit named 
Hershey. Georgiana has degrees 
in physics and engineering and 
is a laboratory supervisor in the 
physics department 
at Florida 
International 
University in Miami. 
She is an educator 
and a volunteer for 
her local chapter of 
the House Rabbit 
Society. She and 

physicist husband Oren share their 
home with six rescued rabbits, 
several birds, and two box turtles, 
which all appear as characters in 
the novel. 

Cheryl Fetterman has been 
a community college business 
instructor for 17 years. She is 
president of the Huguenot Society 
of North Carolina and stays busy 
with SPCA activities and FarmVille. 
Gray Wells of Huntsville, Ala., 
attended a recent Auburn-Georgia 
football game with daughter Jesse. 
Jo-Marie St. Martin Green works 
as general counsel and runs the 
legislative operation for Rep. John 
Boehner, Republican Speaker of 
the House. She married Rob Green 
14 years ago and has no children 
but loves to spoil her five nieces 
and her nephew, and she's a huge 
Washington Capitals hockey 
fan. Congratulations to our own 
Gregg Stull. I hope you saw the 
great article in the summer issue 
of University of Mary Washington 
Magazine. During the 2010 
commencement, Gregg received 
the Grellet C. Simpson Award 
for Excellence in Undergraduate 
Teaching and became, the article 
said, "the only professor in the 
institutions history to win the 
trifecta of top UMW teaching 
honors." Shannon McGurk lives 
in Washington, D.C., with her 
husband, who is partner in a 
management consulting firm. 

Thanks for all your notes and 
comments on Facebook. Stay in 
touch and let me know if you visit 
the Virginia Beach area. 



Marcia Guida James 
marciagj@aol.com 

Healthcare reform continues to 
keep me on my toes at work, with 
many new developments. I was 



promoted to a director position 
and am traveling a bit more. 

Kiki Connerton Smith and 

husband Dixon are still in Hawaii, 
where they expect to be until next 
summer, but they aren't sure where 
the Navy will send them next. 
Oldest son Tucker married his 
high school sweetheart in August, 



Kay Howard-Strobel '82 still plays 
soccer in three leagues: women's 
over-30 indoor, women's over-40 
indoor, and coed outdoor. 



works as a civilian for the Navy 
in Washington, D.C., and lives in 
Baltimore. His wife is in graduate 
school at Johns Hopkins University. 
Middle son Zach was to receive his 
bachelor's degree in media arts and 
animation from the Art Institute 
of Portland in December. Daughter 
Cragan is a freshman at Oregon 
State University. 

Kathie Enfield Jerow's oldest 
child, Shelby, 19, is in her second 
year at the College of Southern 
Maryland and works at American 
Eagle Outfitters. Daughter 
Michelle, 16, a high school junior, 
is a cheerleader and works at 
Panera Bread. Christena, 10, is in 
fifth grade and Girl Scouts, and is 
taking up the violin and yearning 
to be a teenager like her sisters! 
Husband Tim works for Homeland 
Security in Washington, D.C., 
and travels several times a year to 
various border protection sites, 
when he isn't tooling around 
on his Harley! Kathie, a French 
teacher at an alternative school 
in Charles County, Md., where 
she started a French conversation 
group, is working on her teaching 
certification. Their family took a 
Carnival cruise to the Bahamas 
last summer, which included a 
visit to Atlantis Resort. 

Danette Stormont Drew 

was awarded the EPA Gold 
Medal for Exceptional Service. 
Congratulations, Danette! One 
of Katherine Farmer's sons, 
Jonathan, attends J. Sargeant 
Reynolds Community College 
and lives at home. Her other son 
is to graduate from Marine Corps 
boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. 
Katherine hopes to visit Mary 
Washington this spring. 

Susan Leavitt was recognized 
as Philanthropist of the Year 
by theYMCA of Metropolitan 
Washington, due to the Nancy 
Dunning Endowment, which 



sends kids to camp. Husband Jon 
Andrus was sworn in as deputy 
director of Pan American Health 
Organization and was busy with 
the cholera outbreak in Haiti. 
Donna Snyder Sayre was 
named to a three-year 
appointment as vice chairman 
of the Virginia DAR's Volunteer 
Information Specialists 
Committee. She was to visit the 
Las Vegas area for a technology 
conference and, perhaps, to hunt 
for a retirement house. 

Joe Davoli and wife Margaret 
welcomed a baby girl, Annamaria 
Hoeger, in October of 2009. Wendy 
Burnette Dickinson's husband, 
JD, spends a great deal of time 
on the road. Daughter Hillary, a 
senior and year-round swimmer, 
was applying to colleges, including 
UMW. Daughter Anne Marie is a 
high school freshman. 






Auby J. Curtis 
aubyj@comcast.net 

Tara Kilday Lindhart 
taralindhart@hotmail.com 



Deona Houff 
deona.houff@gmail.com 

Patricia Keenan Charlton works 
for the school system in Fairfax 
County, Va., and has two sons 
in middle school and one in 
elementary school. Daughter 
Allyson plans to graduate from 
UMW this spring. Patricia enjoys 
her Alexandria home and doing 
community service. 



Sara Jones Uzel and husband 
Mark live in Arlington, 
Va., where they own 
Technology Trends 
Group, a small 
consulting firm. Older 
daughter Mallory, 18, 



University of Maryland, has been 
a human resources consultant for 
10 years, and works with a strategy 
consulting group based in Chicago. 
Ivonne lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., 
with husband Lou. Son Louie, 12, 
plays baseball. Daughter Christina, 
8, plays soccer. The family enjoys 
travel and was planning a spring 
trip to Europe. 

Christy Miller Robinson lives 
in Richmond with husband Wally 
and daughters Morgan, 19, and 
Molly, 16. Christy celebrated her 
25th anniversary with Anthem, 
where she started working right 
after graduating from Mary 
Washington. Christy's college 
roommate, Robin Jones Kilby, 
lives nearby in Chesterfield, 
Va., with husband Don. She has 
worked for Genworth Financial 
in Richmond since graduation. 
Robin has two stepchildren, Erin, 
27, and Christopher, 25, and two 
grandchildren, Alex, 3, and Carlo, 2. 

Judy Smiley Newman and 

husband Jack, who live in a golf 
community in Georgia, welcomed 
their fifth grandchild, a boy named 
Jack. Mary Ann Cromley Duffy 
stays busy in her pottery studio 
and loves her life. She completed 
a half-marathon in two hours and 
20 minutes last October. She has 
four children. Her oldest son, Tim, 
is a junior at Western Washington 
University in Bellingham. Her 
youngest, Seamus, is in fifth grade. 
Her husband, Sean Duffy '84, is a 
family physician at a community 
health clinic in Walla Walla, Wash. 

Last fall, Julie Clark started 
a new position as procurement 
analyst at XO Communications 
in Herndon, Va. Prior to that, she 
worked as an inventory planner and 
buyer for the National Geographic 



Danette Stormont Drew '83 
j was awarded the EPA Gold 
| Medal for Exceptional Service. 



is at the University 
of North Carolina Wilmington. 
Younger daughter Camille, 17, 
lived in Virginia Hall during a 
field hockey camp she attended 
at UMW and was exposed to 
Carl's ice cream and Sammy T's. 
Could she be a third-generation 
Mary Washington student in the 
making? 

After working for the State 
Department, Fannie Mae, and 
DTE Energy, Ivonne Cotto 
Steffens went into consulting. 
She attended grad school at the 



Society's museum and online stores. 
She traveled to Italy, where she took 
a cooking class, and plans to watch 
the Tour de France this year in the 
town where Brent (French House) 
RA Christine Adenis lives. Julie 
helped plan a recent celebration for 
the 50th birthday of her sister, Ann 
Clark Lockhart '83, in Cary, N.C. 

After graduation, Anne Hunt 
Braun went back to her native 
peninsula and worked at Newport 
News Shipbuilding, where she met 
husband Bob. She quit working in 



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1997 after the birth of son Curtis. 
Bob's job sent them to Bremerton, 
Wash., for a five-year contract. They 
returned to Poquoson, Va., just in 
time for Hurricane Isabel and have 
been there ever since. Anne saw 
Sidney Griffith Keith last June, just 
before the Keith family went on a 
cross-country trip. 



alums, including Cabby Bennett 
and wife Becca Cuddy '85, Jane 
Carroll Wilson, Liz Proutt 
Connelly '87, Ginny Farquharson 
Voyack, Jackie St. Martin '85, 
Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, J.J. 
Rickerich Schifsky, Maggie 
Russell Eastman '84, and Ellen 
Henderson Briggs '88, attended 



on your calendars and make travel 
plans now. Let's make this the 
biggest and best reunion ever! 



Allison Cornell 

is in training to be 

a chaplain in Long 

Beach, Calif. She 

and her wife, Robin, 

have been married 

six years. Allison 

keeps in touch 

with Jenny Utz '82, Stacey Aucoin 

Baca, Chris Hruby '81, Deb Reid 

'82, Susie Leavitt '82, and Linda 

Lemanski Blakemore '84. 



Julie Clark '85 helped plan a 
recent celebration for the 50th 
birthday of her sister, Ann Clark 
Lockhart '83, in Cary, N.C. 



a wedding at the Army and Navy 
Club in Washington, D.C. 



Please send me your news, 
the long and short of it, for the 
next issue. 



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CU/LUhL 



Arcadia Publishing has 
published Julian Preisler's 

latest book, Images of America, 
Jewish West Virginia, which 
contains vintage and current 
images of Jewish life and history 
in the Mountain State. Julian, 
a professional genealogist, is 
u^/^/eeJaui working on a book about pioneer 

^ — American Jewish congregations 

lisharvey@msn.com and conducting research for Fox 

Music President Robert Fox and 
Congratulations to Stephanie noted author and television writer 

Doswald Sebolt, who earned her Anne Kreamer. 

doctoral degree in curriculum 

and instruction from Virginia Melissa Haines Sleeth and 

Tech, and to Sheryl DeVaun husband Ron consider themselves 

Manspile, a registered nurse who blessed to have adopted baby 

graduated from Bon Secours Jeremiah Elvin in April. Melissa 

Memorial College of Nursing in works for the Valentine Richmond 

2009. Stephanie got together with History Center and occasionally 

Irene Thomaidis Cimino and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 

commiserated about our upcoming Maureen Kearney Fleegal and her 
->5 tn reunion! husband sold their family business 

and moved to Loveland, Colo., 
Lisa Brown received her where the weather is beautiful, 

master's degree in business the traffic is non-existent, the 

administration, with a people are friendly, and there's no 

concentration in contracts and humidity! They are renovating 

procurement management, from houses and looking into starting 

UMW last May. She is proud to another business. Maureen enjoys 

have worked with fellow students photography. Her oldest son is a 

in Professor Alan Heffner's class sophomore engineering physics 

developing Phase II of the Eagle major at Colorado School of Mines, 

Village Development Project. She and her youngest son is a high 
planned to meet up with Pain school junior. 

Piqui Schaub Graham for a fun- 
filled November weekend in New In J ul Y> Scott Kaplan attended 
York and New Jersey. the George Washington Teachers' 

Institute, directed by Nancy 
Donna Metzger Lantagne Hayward '80, at Mount Vernon, 

was shopping for colleges with where select teachers from around 

son Joseph. Henry Talavera the country spent a week learning 

has her beat, with two children about the nation's first president, 

already there! Donna runs into Scott plans to conduct a workshop 

Kristi Williams McCune once at the local or state level, telling 

in a while, as their daughters other teachers about the program, 

attend St. Gertrude High School Before the event, he visited Mary 

in Richmond. Jocelyn Piccone Washington and was amazed at all 

completed more races this past the changes, 

summer and thinks work is highly 

overrated! Gayle Schmith Kelly 0ur 25th reunion will be held 

and a host of Mary Washington ' une 3 t0 5 - please block the dates 






Kim Jones Isaac 
mwc87@infinityok.com 

Rene Thomas-Rizzo 
rene.thomas-rizzo@navy.mil 

From Kim: Most of my big 
news concerns our son, Chris, 
who has almost finished his 
freshman year at Oklahoma State 
University, where he is majoring 
in agribusiness. In October, we 
were extremely proud to learn that 
he was one of only 15 freshmen 
granted early admittance to 
the OSU College of Veterinary 
Medicine. He is to complete 
three years of undergraduate 
school, and then, during his 
first year of vet school, he is to 
complete requirements for his 
undergraduate degree. Obviously, 
he should be very busy over the 
next seven years. Chris also played 
intramural soccer last fall and is a 
member of the pre-vet club. 

My husband, Ken, and I are 
in the 15th year of our computer 
services company and are pursuing 
new business ventures. Ken 
continues to travel around the 
country to radio control flying 
competitions, where he takes 
pictures and video for a radio 
control website. 

Michelle Adams Mulligan 

joined the Richmond office of 

the MercerTrigiani law firm, 

representing 

common interest 

community 

associations and 

continuing her 

practice in legal 

and accounting 

malpractice 

defense and 

insurance 



of Richmond in 1999. She 
was named a Virginia Super 
Lawyer in 2009 and 2010 and 
recognized as one of 25 leading 
women attorneys in Virginia 
last year. She's a member of 
the Virginia, Richmond, and 
Metropolitan Richmond Women's 
bar associations; the Virginia 
Association of Defense Attorneys; 
and the John Marshall American 
Inn of Court. She also serves on 
the national Amicus Committee 
and the Virginia Legislative Action 
Committee of the Community 
Associations Institute. 

Jane Ellen Brennan Herrin is 

part of the nationally syndicated 
weekly radio show The Live Ride 
with Marty McFiy on the Envision 
Network. She was in the pilot of 
Mary Steenburgen's series Outlaw 
Country on FX and was featured 
in Billy Ray Cyrus's PSA for the 
lung disease COPD. She has 
published two mini-cookbooks 
on her website and does lots of 
local TV. Last January, she hosted 
A Fashion Affair, a large charity 
event featuring vintage celebrity 
apparel, such as June Carter Cash's 
hat collection. Jane Ellen has two 
daughters. Anna Grace is doing 
amazing in kindergarten and Jenna 
can't wait to go to "big school." 
Husband Jim works at the Putnam 
County Election Commission and 
local radio stations. In July, the 
family adopted a stray dog 
named Max. 

Toni Moore Milbourne was 

named managing editor of the 
Spirit oj Jefferson newspaper in 
(efferson County, W.Va., where 



coverage. 
Previously, 
Michelle was a 

partner with McSweeney, Crump, 
Childress & Temple, PC. in 
Richmond, where her practice 
focused on civil litigation matters 
relating to legal and accounting 
malpractice defense, insurance 
coverage, commercial litigation, 
and community association law. 
Michelle earned her law degree at 
the University of Richmond School 
of Law in 1990 and her master's 
degree in business administration 
at the University 



In July, Scott Kaplan '86 attended 
the George Washington Teachers' 
Institute, directed by Nancy 
Hayward '80, at Mount Vernon, 
where select teachers from around 
the country spend a week learning 
about the nation's first president. 



she had been a reporter for 10 
years. Last year, she interviewed 
Erik Estrada, Ricky Skaggs, and 
John McCain. Not too bad for a 
small-town paper! Her oldest is a 
college sophomore, the second is 
getting ready to go to college, and 
two more will go soon. 

Look for me under "Kim Jones 
Isaac" on Facebook. I, along with 
your fellow classmates, would love 
to hear what's going on in your 
lives, so please send updates! 



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Marsha D. Baker 
rstarr66@msn.com 

Beverly J. Newman 
bevnewmn@yahoo.com 

Jay Bradshaw 
jaybradshaw747@aol.com 



Cheryl Woody Danielson 
cheryl.danielson@earthlink.net 



Susan Crytzer Marchant 
march66358@verizon.net 



Sandi Hubbard Esposito and 

husband Mike live in Amherst 
County, Va., with son Michael, 10, 
and daughter Ashton, 8. Michael 
is homeschooled and Ashton is 
in third grade. Sandi was part 
of History Tech, LLC, a group 
that surveyed nearly 300 historic 
properties in Amherst, and she was 
completing work on nominating 
the village of Clifford as a historic 
district. 

Lisa Poindexter Hayslett 

left Northern Virginia and 
moved back to Roanoke, where 
she lives with husband Sam and 
daughter MacKenzie Plaia, a 
high school sophomore. Lisa is 
a senior property manager at 
CB Richard Ellis. She runs into 
Mary Washington alumni, such as 
Ellen Nelson Phillips, from time 
to time. Lisa and her family love 
being back in the valley, where 
they spend time kayaking, hiking, 
and enjoying the outdoors. 



Stephen Gurley and Jennifer 
Norris Gurley '93 have lived 



My husband, Joseph, and I live in 
Manassas, Va., and have three sons, 
Adam, 8, Brett, 6, and Shane, 3. Joe 
is an HVAC technician for Boland, 
and I am a program manager for 
two mapping-related development 
efforts at 
the National ~~ 

Geospatial Tom Moore Mtlboume 87 was 

intelligence named managing editor of the Spirit 

Agency, ~ _ _ . r «• 

where i am ot Jeirerson newspaper in Jefferson 

surrounded County, W.Va. Her interviews for the 

many Mary paper last year included Erik Estrada, 

Washington Ricky Skaggs, and John McCain. 

grads to 
mention. 

Our family is involved with Scouts in Richmond since 1996. They 

and sports, such as swimming have three children, Will, 9, 

and basketball. I stay in close Ma T Catherine, 7, and Tate, 5. 

contact with my Mary Washington Wl11 swims and P la y s baseba11 

roommate, Susie Hankel Riccio, and soccer > Mar T Catherine 

whose 9-year-old son, Ethan, has has participated in ballet and 

followed in his mother's footsteps gymnastics, and Tate plays soccer. 

by taking up competitive horseback J ennifer works P art time at Willow 
ridine Oaks Country Club, writes a blog 

for PoshTots, and owns a children's 
# i fc >s clothing business. Stephen is the 

//? „' rT. "D / j national field marketing manager 

\^ tor Samsung Electronics America 

Shannon Eadie Niemeyer an d travels quite a bit. 

sfniemeyer@comcast.net 

In October, Billy Germelman 
Hello, Class of 1991! I hope you all celebrated his first year in 

are well. Here's the news I've received his new house in Winchester, 
since our last update. Va., and his first year working 

Ellen McCrary-Mayer retired ° u n f e at the Penta g on > where 

as a successful clinical psychologist he has ^connected with Army 

to pursue a career that called her f A r !f nd ^ An associate of Booz 

after 1 1 years of volunteering in Allen Hamilton, he saw Mary 

her children's classrooms. She's Washington friends who also work 

in grad school again, this time for the company, including Mike 
to become an elementary school 
teacher. Her husband, Geoff Mayer, 
was promoted to fire department Todd Spangler and Nicole 

lieutenant. They keep in touch Franchois Spangler welcomed 

with several Framar women and their fourth child, Avery Grace, in 

their families. September. Mark Mesterhazy and 



Smith. The oldest of Billy's three 
children just finished high school. 



wife Kim's fourth child was due in 
December. 

Denise Mickelson Campbell, 
Amy Rose LaPierre, and I have 
been working with the Mary 
Washington Alumni Association 
to plan our 20th reunion. Everyone 
should have received information 
about the event, which is set to 
take place June 
3 to 5. Join 
our Facebook 
group, Mary 
Washington 
College (UMW) 
-Class of 1991, 
for updates. 
We're looking 
forward to a 
fun, casual 
gathering on the 

lower deck and bar area at Brocks 
Riverside Grill (formerly Sophia 
Street Station) on Friday evening 
and to many on-campus activities 
throughout the weekend, including 
another Rabble Rousers reunion 
show on Saturday. Become a fan of 
the group on Facebook. It's a great 
way to keep up with the band for 
the reunion and future events. 

Keep your news and updates 
coming. Hope to see you all in June! 



Kate Stanford McCown 
kate.mccown@live.com 

There isn't much news this time 
from the Class of 1992. 1 guess 
everyone is having a busy fall. 
Regina McWethy Phillips and 
husband Michael live in Germany 
and have adopted four children 
from Poland. Keep sending updates! 

Cheryl L. Roberts 
chatatcha@yahoo.com 

I have had a great year in 
Columbus, Ohio. My wedding 
was to take place early this year 
(just under the wire before my 
40th birthday)! My fiance and I 
took a trip to France and fell in 
love with Provence. I continue 
to keep busy tending to my 
menagerie of animals! 

Andrew Salp and Jill 
Whelan Salp '94 of Richmond 
have two boys. Andrew works 
for a pharmaceuticals company 
and Jill works at CapitalOne. In 
October, Andrew ran the Bank of 
America Chicago Marathon and 
raised nearly $6,000 through the 



Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 
Team in Training program. He 
planned to raise more money 
for the cause by running the 
Shamrock Half Marathon in 
Virginia Beach, and he was eagerly 
awaiting another ski season. 
Andrew was in Seattle for his 
brother's wedding and getting 



Andrew Salp '93 ran the Bank of 
America Chicago Marathon and 
raised nearly $6,000. While in 
Seattle for his brother's wedding, 
Andrew was at Top Pot Doughnuts 
when President Obama stopped in 
for a photo opportunity. 



donuts at Top Pot Doughnuts when 
President Obama stopped in for 
a photo opportunity. Andrew's 
family was able to chat with him for 
a minute or so. 

Ngozi "Zi" Obi published her 
first book, a Christian romance 
novel called Love's Destiny, available 
at bookstores and online. Jen Studt 
Schimmenti, a meeting planner for 
Strategic Analysis, celebrated her 
10-year anniversary with husband 
Mike. Becca Dotson of Alexandria, 
Va., is in graduate school at George 
Washington University and pursuing 
a career teaching ESL. 

Len Ornstein '94, a teacher, 
lives outside of Phoenix with 
wife Yut Wah and his son. He is 
learning medical transcription 
and trying to get back in shape 
with CrossFit. His students tell 
him that the best thing about 
his classes are his college stories 
of "Dimeglio" "Latha," "Crazy 
Andy," and "Captain Boring." Len 
keeps in touch with many Mary 
Washington folks from the classes 
of '93, '94, and '95 via Facebook 
and reports that Andy Woodfin 
moved to the West Coast near 
San Francisco. 






Nathan Wade 
smileynate72@yahoo.com 

Greetings from Tucson! Our class 
has been busy. 

Much has changed in my life 
since the last report and reunion. 
I'm single for the tirst time in four 
years, and I made a huge decision 
to relocate to Tucson, leave my 
career in college admissions, and 
start law school at the University of 
Arizona. It's an exciting challenge 



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CLASS NOTES 




and the hardest thing I've done, 
but I'm happy to be pursuing 
a dream. I volunteered on the 
successful re-election campaign 
of our local congresswoman and 
settled into a little bungalow close 
to campus. It's been quite the 
new beginning! 



Debbie Hodges Shelton lives 
in Manassas with husband Jon 
and their two children, Alex and 
Natalie. Alex is 7 and has autism. 
He enjoys soccer and therapeutic 
horseback riding. Natalie is 5 and 
loves going to school, singing, 



I want to 
congratulate my 
freshman roommate 
Al Wolstenholme 
on his recent 
engagement to 
Kathryn Hallquist! 
It's about time 
someone from 
Room 519 settled 
down. Al plans a 
May 21 wedding, 
with Kevin Ahearn, Sean 
Mahoney, and Shannon Kasley 
as groomsmen. 

Anna Marie Martin of 

Spokane, Wash., was expecting her 
first bundle of joy in late February! 
Jennifer Rambo and husband 
Chad Mohr of Spruce Pine, N.C., 
own and operate The Pizza Shop 
& Dry County Brewing Co. They 
homestead and use their own and 
other locally grown vegetables. 
Somehow, they also find time to 
raise Sidney, 4, and Ruby, 2. If 
you're in the area, stop by for a 
brew and a slice. 

Jennifer Rice Henderson and 
husband Dave Henderson '95 

live in Charleston, S.C. Dave is 
assistant professor of accounting 
at the College of Charleston and 
Jennifer is a freelance writer and 
editor. In January of 2009, they 
adopted a daughter named Anna. 
In other baby news, David Janes 
and Patricia Janes '96 welcomed 
Emerson Bryan in August. 

Another entrepreneur is 
Stephen Wilson, president of River 
City Hospitality, LLC, a boutique 
provider of event planning services 
for premier sporting events. He and 
wife Jessica live in Richmond with 
their two cats. 

Karen Hatwell bought a house 
in Silver Spring, Md., close to her 
job as a regulatory chemist for the 
FDA. She completed a half-Ironman 
competition, plays soccer, rock 
climbs, and enjoys life with her dogs 
and her many friends in Maryland. 
Nick Miller of South Texas is a 
brand performance consultant for 
Choice Hotels. He and wife Robin 
were building a home and looking 
forward to moving in with their two 
boys in December. 



Dianna Rowell '97 returned to 
Mary Washington in September 
as the psychology department's 
graduate-in-residence. She gave 
lectures in several classes and a 
public talk about her work with 
veterans with post-traumatic 
stress disorder. 




reading, and being creative. Debbie 
is a full-time mom, PTO volunteer 
coordinator at Natalie's elementary 
school, and active member and 
officer of the Junior Woman's Club 
of Manassas. She keeps in touch 
with Mary Washington friends on 
Facebook. 

I love keeping up with so many 
of you on Facebook. Please feel free 
to "friend" me to send updates or 
just say "hi!" 

Jane Archer 
jane@janearcherillustration.com 

Megan Concannon Richardson 
mythreebeauties@gmail.com 

Jennifer Rudalf Gates 
jsmartypants@cox.net 

Jill McDaniel 
jmmcdaniel@fcps.edu 



Michelle Trombetta 
blondebombchelle@yahoo.com 

I really hate all the traveling my 
position at UnitedHealth has in store 
for me, but I enjoy the perk of seeing 
friends across the country. I'm on a 
20-city tour and hope to see more 
alumni this year. Drop me a line and 
let me know where you are. 

In October, I had dinner on the 
San Antonio River Walk with my 
senior year roommate, Kira Stchur, 
who sings in the band Twelve 
Step Academy and works for San 
Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind. 
I was excited to meet her Great 



Dane puppy. At 6 months, Gatsby 
was already quadruple the size of 
my dogs. 

Katie O'Leary Preston took her 
passion for marketing and knitting 
and launched her own business, 
Learn-to- Knit with Katie. In the 
fall, her group of knitters completed 
helmet liners to help keep our troops 
warm while they serve overseas. 

Dianna Rowell returned to 
Mary Washington in September 
as the psychology department's 
graduate-in-residence. She gave 
lectures in several classes and a 
public talk about her work with 
veterans with post-traumatic stress 
disorder. She enjoyed interacting 
with students, catching up with 
her former professors, and being 
back on campus, which felt very 
familiar despite many changes. 
Myra Simpson is in her sixth year 
at Ranney School in Monmouth 
County, N.J., as director of college 
guidance. She hopes to be able to 
visit Mary Washington more often. 

Susanna Fisher Parker and 

husband Rob welcomed daughter 
Caroline Elizabeth in October. She 
joins brother Stevie, 3. 



Erika Giaimo Chapin 
erikagchapin@gmail.com 

Deacon Chapin 
deaconchapin@yahoo.com 

Several classmates celebrated the 

births of their children about 

a year ago, and we now turn to 

celebrating first birthdays! Deacon 

and I can't believe Eliza has been 

here for a year already. Her future 

Mary Washington 

classmates include 

Tommy Lowther, 

son of Lauren 

Dwyer Lowther 

and husband 

Brandon; Sofia 

Fuge, daughter of 

Alexis Kingham 

Fuge and husband 

Dylan; Emma Shea 

Britton (who was 

soon to be a big 

sister), daughter of Katie Shea 

Britton and husband Craig; and 

Maegen Ramsay, daughter of 

Alyson Andrews Ramsay and 

husband Peter. Adrien Snedeker 

Dickerson and husband Adam 

were expecting their first child in 

February. 



son Deacon last May and enjoyed 
her time at home with him for 
his first six months. Older son 
Anthony loves being a big brother, 
and Larissa and husband Michael 
are living the middle-class 
suburban dream. 

After they all had baby girls 
within a year of each other, Abby 
Mitchell, Amy Wachenfeld, and 
Wendy Sulc completed the cycle 
by having three boys within a 
year. Amy's son, Jack Eagen, 
was born in September of 2009; 
Wendy's son, Aidan Dehne, was 
born last June; and Abby's son, 
Nathaniel Pearce, was born in 
July. They plan to take a summer 
trip to the Outer Banks in North 
Carolina, with six children under 
5. That still doesn't scare away 
Matt Galeone, who plans to join 
in the fun again! 

Anne and Tristan 
Daugherty-Leiter live in the 
Madison, Wis., area, where he 
is an emergency veterinarian 
and she is a lawyer. Their second 
son, MacKinnon Andrew, was 
born in October, joining Griffin, 
4. They were looking forward 
to a December visit from Lara 
Fedorov. Caitlin Jenkins Losh 
and husband Jason welcomed 
Paul Arthur Jenkins in July. Born 
in Manhattan, he is a true New 
Yorker. Mike "Pasta" Paolino 
enjoys life as a father of two with 
wife Diane in Rhode Island. 
Todd Hamlin and girlfriend 
Kelly welcomed a different kind 
of new addition to their family, a 
1 -year-old chocolate Lab rescue 
dog named Nestle. Todd led Team 
Husky, his Northern Virginia 
Division 4 co-ed soccer league in 
scoring. He and Adam "Smitty" 



The second book by M. Leigh 
Carson '99, Dead Awakening, 
a supernatural mystery thriller 
and the sequel to her first book, 
Midnight Reflections, was 
published under her pseudonym, 
Katrina Michaels. 



Smith '97 visited Mike "Moose" 
Carney '97 and his family in 
central Vermont. The news from 
across the pond is that Sean Tuffy 
plans to tie the knot next fall with 
Irish fiancee Lorraine in Dublin. 



In other baby news, Larissa 
Lipani Peluso-Fleming welcomed 



We hope this finds you well, 
and we look forward to hearing 
from you all again soon! 



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Amanda Goebel 
goebeLamanda@hotmail.com 

Things are moving along here 
in Atlanta. My boyfriend and I 
traveled to Ireland in December for 
a long pre-holiday weekend. I hope 
things are going well for everyone. 
Please keep me up to date with what 
you are doing! 

Courtney Rossi and family 
finally moved into their new house 
in Herndon, Va. Jennifer Reyes 

graduated from the Columbia 
University College of Dental 
Medicine and is doing a general 
practice residency at Interfaith 
Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 



She loves New York and working 
out with the hilarious Tina Fey, 
and she still thinks about and 
keeps in touch with many Mary 
Washington friends! 

Heather Woody Snead and 

husband Travis were expecting 
their second child, another little 
boy, in January, when their first 
son, Tyler, would be just shy of 4. 
Heather works in human resources 
for BB&T in Richmond. 

M. Leigh Carson's second 
book, Dead Awakening, a 
supernatural mystery thriller 
and the sequel to her first 
book, Midnight Reflections, was 
published under her pseudonym, 
Katrina Michaels. 



Daniela Kelley Sicuranza 
daniela.sicuranza@gmail.com 



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Caroline Jarvis 
carolineljarvis@gmail.com 



Teresa Joerger Mannix 
teresamannix@hotmail.com 

Sara Harney Correll lives in 
Gainesville, Va., with husband 
Jim, 2V2-year-old son Noah, and 
6-month-old daughter Hannah. 
Jessica Bergner DaSilva of 
Washington, D.C., is a middle 
school math coach in Fairfax 



County, Va. She and her husband 
were expecting their first child in 
May. Brianne Patchell Friberg 

earned a doctorate in human 
development and family studies 
at the University of Wisconsin. 
She and her family relocated to 
Virginia, where she is assistant 
professor of psychology at Liberty 
University in Lynchburg. 

Amanda Culler Glenn and 

husband David welcomed their first 
child, Dominick David, in lune. 
Amanda is assistant director of 
marketing and public relations at 
Frederick Community College in 
Maryland, and is pursuing an MBA 
at Frostburg State University. Laura 
Indzeris Johnson and Thomas B. 
Johnson '97 of Athens, Ga., were 



Computer Science Major 
Configures "KickApps" Career 






Peter Clark '96 graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer 
science, departmental honors, and plenty of good career options 
before him. 

But he didn't play it safe. Instead, Clark took a chance that bringing 
his own tech creations to the emerging Internet market might be more 
fun, and he was right. 

After graduation, Clark created voice-recognition technologies that 
launched two successful businesses, NetByTel and Quadfore. And, in 
2006, Clark co-founded New York-based KickApps, where he leads the 
design of social media technologies for the websites of more than 450 
clients, such as NBC Universal and American Express. 

Clark's innovations have won over the Web market: In January, 
KickApps was bought by KIT Digital, a Czech Republic-based company, 
as part of a deal valued at $77 million. 

"It's really neat that he had the desire and the nerve and the 
wherewithal to go out on his own," said UMW professor of computer 
science Ernest Ackermann, who remembers Clark as "a really solid 
person and a smart guy. He was a student that all of us felt comfortable 
talking to." 

What makes Clark's success even more striking is that he's done 
it while working from his home in St. Augustine, Fla., where he and 
his wife, Melinda Voguit Clark '96, are raising sons Sammy, 7, and 
Benjamin, 5. Melinda is an occupational therapist with a master's 
degree from the University of St. Augustine. Peter gets their boys to 
and from school and spends his other waking hours designing the 
technologies for KickApps, where he's described as the "architect, 
developer, and chief cool-feature creator." Even with the company's sale, 
Clark said his work "is exactly the same thing that I was doing before." 

Clark grew up in Sea Girt, N.J., and knew about Mary Washington 
from his mother, Susan Schnettler Clark '68. His balance of career and 
family was always a goal. 



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i home, computer science major Peter Clark '96 
co-founded the hugely successful social media technology design 
company KickApps. He is pictured here with his dog, Lily, wife 
Melinda Voguit Clark '96, and sons Sammy, 7, and Benjamin, 5. 

"While many of these start-up companies did require long hours, I 
never ever wanted to do them at the expense of my family," he said. "I 
made a promise to myself at the beginning of my career that I'd never 
do that." 

Clark took his first programming course when he was 7 years old, 
using a Texas Instruments computer that his grandmother and parents 
bought for him. For a kid who grew up obsessed with tech gadgets, he 
said, the University was a good launching pad. 

On his first visit to Mary Washington, "it just felt like home to me," he 
said. "I think that's really the way the University helped prepare me for 
the real world. People have asked me, 'Why did you go to a liberal arts 
school for computer science?' But it worked out great. If I had 
gone to a bigger school, I wouldn't have had as good a relationship 
with my teachers." 

- Robert Burke 



CLASS NOTES 



expecting a baby girl in November. 
Laura is a marketing director and 
Tom teaches physical science. 

Tony Lambiasi hiked the 
Appalachian Trail in 2009, from 
Maine to Georgia. In March, he 
completed a three-week visitor 
period at Twin Oaks Intentional 
Community in Louisa County, Va., 
and joined the commune in June. 
Gina Clough Leonard bought a 
house last year, just before the birth 
of their first child, Ariana Grace, 
in April. Teresa Joerger Mannix 
works at Georgetown University's 
McDonough School of Business 
and has enrolled in the school's 
Certificate in Marketing program. 
She also is working with Natalie 
Alexander Buttner to plan the 
10th reunion for the Class of 2001, 
set to take place June 3 to 5. Learn 
more on the "MWC Class of 2001" 
Facebook page. 

Angela Mills was to 

present on volunteer alumni 



management at the annual 
CASE District VI conference in 
January. She continues to oversee 
the alumni chapter and club 
program for the University of 
Tennessee Alumni Association 
and is a candidate for a master's 
of public administration 
degree from the University of 
Tennessee, Knoxville. She also 
is an independent consultant for 
Thirty-One Gifts. A highlight 
last year for Angela was the 
opportunity to visit with Debby 
Klein, wife of the late Albert Klein 
for whom UM W's Klein Theatre 
was named, and share the impact 
the Albert R. Klein Memorial 
Scholarship had on her while she 
was at Mary Washington. She is 
excited to be co-chairing the Class 
of 2001 10th Reunion Giving 
Committee with Kelly Turcic 
Bailey. Help us reach our goal of 
100 percent participation! 

Kelli Kramer Petrick and 
Joe Petrick have worked at Teton 



Science Schools in Jackson, 

Wyo., for four years and love 

the Wild West. They climbed 

the Grand Teton last summer 

with Kelli's family, including her 

sister Christi 

Kramer 

'03, and 

hosted Jason 

Engelhardt tor 

a week in the 

mountains. 

They looked 

forward to a 

month-long 

sabbatical 

in India in 

November. 



sons, ages 1 and 4. She works in 
physician services for Henrico 
Doctors' Hospital. Carla Villar 
Walby and Nathan Walby of 
Reston, Va., married in September 



A highlight last year for Angela 
Mills '01 was the opportunity to visit 
with Debby Klein, wife of the late 
Albert Klein for whom UMW's Klein 
Theatre was named, and share the 
impact the Albert R. Klein Memorial 
Scholarship had on her while she was 
at Mary Washington. 



Richard Speakman, who 

teaches sixth grade in Anchorage, 
Alaska, met his wife, Jennifer 
Goodeliunas, during a cancer 
research fundraising event in 
the Caribbean, where they swam 
from one island to another. Koonj 
Kapoor Spicer and husband Joey 
live in Richmond with their two 



of 2009. Their first son, Elvis Diego, 
was born in August. 

Jonathan Williams and 
Erin Pickens Williams received 
promotions. Jonathan is vice 
president of Easter Associates, 
a government relations and 
association management company 



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with offices in Charlottesville 
and Richmond. Erin is policy 
and planning coordinator for the 
consumer protection division of the 
Virginia Department of Agriculture 
and Consumer Services. 

Kim Winslow celebrated her 
eighth year at KPMG, where she is 
a senior manager. Chris Winslow 

opened a second law practice, 
with offices in Midlothian and 
Petersburg, Va. 



Travis Jones 
tljones8@hotmail.com 

Carolyn Murray Spencer 
turtlecjm@yahoo.com 

Steffany Slaughter Plotts and 

husband Greg welcomed their 
second child, Preston Gregory, 
last April. 



Jessica Brandes 
jessbrandes@yahoo.com 

After graduation, Kelli Zezulka 

studied stage management and 

technical theater at the London 

Academy of Music and Dramatic 

Art. She has worked for the Royal 

Court Theatre in London, the 

Royal Shakespeare Company, and 

the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 

Leeds. Kelli married in 2007 and 

lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, 

just outside Leeds. She recently 

left theater and is a proofreader 

for an investor relations company 

producing 

annual 

reports. She 

expects to 

complete work 

on a master's 

degree in 

research at 

the University 

of Leeds this 

year. 



Arlington, Va., became the lead 
Naval warfare logistics analyst 
for the Office of the Secretary 
of Defense. Emily Grogg works 
for the Jefferson County District 
Attorney's Office in Colorado and 
plans to graduate from the Sturm 
College of Law at the University of 
Denver in May. 

Nicole Springer is assistant 
director of the arts management 
program at George Mason 
University. Tommy Rogers is an 
associate for Goldman Sachs. In 
2009, Katie Dolph Lewis received 
her doctorate in educational 
policy, planning, and leadership, 
with an emphasis in gifted 
education administration, from 
the College of William and Mary. 
She was named Norfolk Public 
Schools' Teacher of the Year. She 
teaches education courses at Texas 
A&M International University. 
In June, Katie married Border 
Patrol agent John Lewis in Laredo. 
Rebecca Romaneski Sneller and 
husband Deric live in Alamosa, 
Colo., and work at a church, as 
Deric prepares to become an 
Army chaplain. They welcomed 
their first child, Tobin Jon, in 
June. 

Mike Roth married Jessica 
Gordon in Chicago in June. They 
took a six-week honeymoon to 
Southeast Asia, visiting Singapore, 
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, 
Laos, and Indonesia. Mary 
Washington classmates involved 
in the wedding celebration 
included Mandy Dunn-Sampson, 
Joe Thornhill '04, Carla Villar 
'01, Allison Golden, Andrea 



Kirsten 
Barnum 

started 

work on her MBA in the fall 
at Dartmouth College's Tuck 
School of Business. Prior to 
graduate school, she worked for 
the Corporate Executive Board, 
a research and advisory services 
company based in Rosslyn, Va., 
which is sponsoring Kirsten and 
paying her expenses at business 
school. Upon graduation, she is 
to return to the CEB as a senior 
director. Jeffrey Frankston of 



Kelli Zezulka '03 studied stage 
management and technical theater 
at the London Academy of Music and 
Dramatic Art after graduating from 
UMW. She has worked for the Royal 
Court Theatre in London, the Royal 
Shakespeare Company, and the West 
Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, 



Kilkenny, Andrea Hamlen '08, 
and Michael Lange. Mike and his 
wife live in Chicago, and Mike 
teaches fourth grade at a private 
school on the North Shore. In 
July, Paige Golden Callahan 
married Jay Dee Callahan '05 in 
Connecticut. Alana West, Chris 
Hillers, and Dave Lovins were 
in the wedding party. Danny 
Douglass, Adam Kelly, Kelly 
Kirkendall '06, Mike Merrill, 



Mike Pattie, and Alyssa Tice '04 

attended. Paige and Jay Dee live in 
Meriden, Conn. She is a literacy 
coach for New Haven Public 
Schools, and he is an advertising 
distribution manager in New 
London. 



Katharine E. Leesman 
katie.leesman@gmail.com 

Sarah B. Smith 
sarahbsmith@gmail.com 

Sameer Vaswani 
sameervaswani@msn.com 



Allyson V. Lee 
allyvlee@gmail.com 

Emily Frabell and Andrew 
Lawson '04 were planning an 
April wedding in Punta Cana 
in the Dominican Republic. 
Bridesmaids were to include 
Pam Peach Silvers, Jenn 
Kern Congdon, and Christy 
O'Loughlin Rolka. 



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Shana A. Muhammad 
email.shana@gmail.com 




Jay Sinha 
jay.sinha9@gmail.com 

Daniel Clendenin 
daniel.clendenin@gmail.com 

Jay Sinha, who is in his second 
year of law school at the College 
of William and Mary, worked as 
a summer law clerk for California 
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This 
summer, he plans to be with the 
LeClairRyan law firm in Richmond 
and, hopefully, living in the 
Shockoe Bottom area. 

Daniel Clendenin is in his 

fourth year as an advisor with 
the Richmond-based investment 
firm Cary Street Partners. His 
group was recognized by Barron's 
magazine as one of the top advisors 
in the country and ranked within 
the top eight advisory groups in 
Virginia. He had a blast catching 
up with several alums at the recent 
weddings of Ben Beavers '06 and 
Megh Cudahy '06 and of Frank 
Puleo '06 and Christina Ford '09. 

Andrew Eaton was heading to 
Africa for a six-month deployment 
on a ship tasked with hunting 
down pirates preying on both 
private and commercial boats. 



Carl Frank Puleo 
cfpuleo@gmail.com 

Mary McCarthy moved to 
Louisiana to pursue a master's 
degree in public administration 
at the University of New Orleans. 
She lives in the Mid-City 
neighborhood and works in 
communications and regulatory 
compliance 



at Canal 
Barge Co. 
Adam 
Suleske 

received 
a master's 

degree in alternative energy 
technologies from Arizona State 
University in December. He 
and Sue Jeffries were looking 
forward to moving back to 
Virginia and reconnecting with 
the friends they've missed. Kristen 
Borkoski is a human resources 
specialist for the Department of 
Labor Employment and Training 
Administration in Washington, 
D.C., and is happy to be back in 
the area and able to see more of her 
Mary Washington alumni friends. 



Mallory Frazier and Steven 

Esperon tied the knot in June. 
After a honeymoon and many job 
applications, they relocated back to 
the East and live in Rockville, Md., 
where Mallory does traumatic brain 
injury research with the Henry 
M. Jackson Foundation for the 
Advancement of Military Medicine 
at Walter Reed Army Medical 
Center. Steve still teaches middle 
and high school history. Sad to see 

Adam Suleske '06 received a master's 



degree in alternative energy technologies 
from Arizona State University. 



him leave, his Texas students all 
signed a print of Wolverine for him. 

Congratulations to Stephen 
George and Amber Forster 

George, who welcomed Maggie 
Diane in June! 

Shawn Hough graduated last 
spring from Hofstra University 
School of Law, with an honors 
award for real estate and property 
law. He was business editor for 
the Hofstra Law Review and 
practices real estate, bankruptcy, 
and banking law in New York with 
Stiene and Associates, PC. 



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CLASS NOTES 



Suzanne Volinski of 

Greenwich, Conn., continues 
to work at Malcolm Pirnie, an 
environmental consulting firm 
headquartered in White Plains, 
N.Y., and was promoted to 
senior marketing coordinator in 
December of 2009. She received 
her masters degree in public 
relations from Iona College in 
August. For her thesis project, she 
created a strategic marketing and 
communications plan for a local 
commercial/residential painting 
company that was featured on the 
Discovery Channel reality series 
Construction Intervention. 

After serving two years as 
an IT policy analyst at the Office 
of Management and Budget, 
Catherine Stewart is an MPP/ 
MBA dual degree student at Duke 
University's Sanford School of 
Public Policy and Fuqua School of 
Business. In June, she traveled to 
Uganda with her church to help 
Watoto Child Care Ministries 
build a schoolhouse at an 
orphanage in Gulu. Ellen Brandau 
graduated from the Columbus 
School of Law of the Catholic 
University of America in May, was 
admitted to the Virginia State Bar, 
and works for the government. 

Samantha Blackburn married 
Ian Bernard in August. They 
moved to the St. Louis area, where 
she continues to work for the 
Boeing Company and he pursues 
his dental degree at Southern 
Illinois University in Edwardsville, 
Mo. Scott Berry was promoted 
to director of the municipal and 
utilities construction division 
and director of 
international 
programs for 
Associated 
General 
Contractors 
of America 
in Arlington, 
Va. Alison 

Baker Berry started a new job as 
research analyst for state and local 
government affairs at the National 
Apartment Association, also 
in Arlington. 

Amanda Grubbs married 
leremy Kent shortly after 
graduation. They moved to 
Alexandria, Va., in 2008, when 
Amanda accepted a job with 
Metier as a project management 
specialist working on the 
Decennial Response Integration 
System program for the Census 
Bureau. They welcomed their 
first son, Parker, in November of 



2008, bought their first house in 
Alexandria in 2009, and welcomed 
their second son, Peyton, in April 
of 2010. Amanda is now a project 
planner for High Performance 
Technologies, supporting 
the Veterans Relationship 
Management project with the 
Department of Veterans Affairs. 



Stephanie Tait is still single 
and sane in Rockville, Md. 
She works in 
communications 
for a nonprofit 
and is pursuing 
her master's 
degree in 
publications 
design from 
the University 
of Baltimore. 
She still has an 
undying love for 
Jay Sinha and 
all that is UMW. 
Ken Coulter began work on his 
MBA at the Melbourne Business 
School in Australia. 

Tori Kuhr left her job at 
Family Circle magazine in New 
York City to pursue a graduate 
degree at City University London, 
where her undergraduate 
history major is taking shape 
all around her. Tommy Park 
coaches D.C. United's Super-20, 
DeMatha Catholic High School 
and SAC U19 soccer teams and 
is pursuing a master's degree in 
sports industry management at 
Georgetown University. Cindy 
Abernathy of Columbia, Md., is 
a licensed therapist working for 
the Center for Addictions and 



Jay Sinha '07, who is in his second 
year of law school at the College 
of William and Mary, worked as 
a summer law clerk for California 
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 



Pregnancy at the lohns Hopkins 
Bayview Medical Center, where 
she incorporates art and art 
therapy in her approach to helping 
pregnant women in recovery from 
substance abuse. 

Elizabeth Isabelle and 
Gregory Berck of Albany, N.Y., 
married in October in Montpelier, 
Vt., with many UMW alumni 
present. Elizabeth earned her 
master's degree in women's health 
from Suffolk University in Boston. 
Greg received a juris doctorate and 
master's degree in environmental 
law and policy from Vermont 



Law School. Marion Craig and 
Dan Hinkley of Virginia Beach 
married last February, after 
dating since freshman year. Dan 
is a Naval Supply Corps officer 
serving on a one-year deployment 
in the Mediterranean Sea. Marion 
substitute teaches, teaches piano, 
and plays as many sports as 
possible at all times. 



Ford and Frank Puleo '06 of 

Fairfax Station, Va., tied the knot 
at the Tower Club in McLean, Va., 
in November. Jacqui Newman and 
Greg Scanlon of Richmond married 
last July in New York's Central Park. 



After two years as a 

Cindy Abernathy '07 is a licensed 
therapist working for the Center for 
Addictions and Pregnancy at the 
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical 
Center, where she incorporates art 
and art therapy in her approach 
to helping pregnant women in 
recovery from substance abuse. 



DoD consultant with ICF 
International in Fairfax, Va., 
Steven Grodekwas accepted 
into the United States Marine 
Corps Officer Candidates School 
and commissioned as a second 
lieutenant following graduation 
in 2009. He is in training at The 
Basic School at Marine Corps Base 
Quantico in Virginia. 






Trish Lauck 
trish.lauck@gmail.com 

Alyssa Lee 
alyssa.linda.lee@gmail.com 

Mallory Deutsch Storus married 
Kevin Storus '09 in July and 
attends law school at the University 
of Miami. 






Elizabeth Jennings 
elizabethsjennings@gmail.com 

Alexandra Meier 
alexandra.m.meier@gmail.com 

Petey Lytle works at OUCH Sports 
Medical Center and OUCH Pro 
Cycling in Temecula, Calif., and 
coaches lacrosse at Chaparral 
High School. Sarah Isaac moved 
to Charlotte, N.C., where she is 
meetings and events manager at the 
Hotel Sierra Charlotte Center City, 
which was set to open in March. 

Charlotte Rowell Sellier and 

husband Joel welcomed daughter 
Felicity in November! Christina 



Michelle Bond 
michellesbond@gmail.com 

Kelly Caldwell 
kellyecaldwell@gmail.com 






Lucy Hobson McKerrow '27 
Gladys Custis Drummond '32 
Nona Irene Deckert Morse '36 
Edna Harley Sickels '36 
Sara Turner Grimes '37 
June Upshaw Guiles '38 
Agnes Virginia Gayle Harris '39 
Susan Woodward Pearson '39 
Katherine Moss Dodd '41 
Mary Elizabeth Lewis Broughton '42 
Edna Everton Pittman Gatzman '42 
Emma Jane Davis McDermott '42 
Ruth Helen Conover Sutter '42 
Janet Thornton Hurt Willis '42 
Ellen Ross Johnson Coleman '43 
Margaret E. Lamberth '43 
Dorothy "Dottie" Barrett Martin '43 
Natasha Kadick Pickrel '43 
Rose Elizabeth Orts-Gonzalez 

Scudder '43 
Mildred Bell Trewett '43 
Dorothy Woodson Baber '44 
Joan D. Lane '44 
Irma Rose Everton Pollard '44 
Corabel Garretson Wallace '44 
Charlotte Reynolds Durrett '45 
Virginia Baldwin Ladendorf '45 
Anne Avery Moyse '46 
Sallie Woodson Scott '46 
Mildred "Mickey" Dixon Sullivan '46 
Jane Everett Tucker '46 
Betty Sue Potterfield Tyler '46 
Margaret Lee Walke Anderson '47 
Isabel Larrick Brown '47 
Gloria Vivian Conte Keith '47 
Marianne King Frazier '48 
Marjorie Batty Hill '48 
Virginia Littlegreen Filling '49 
Beverly Walsh George '49 



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Harriet Willson Rice '49 
Betty Harpine Chilton '50 
Lola Gaines Murray Clements '50 
Mary Ann Gillespie Corbett '50 
Betty Jean Lyle Dunbar '50 
Iris Macheras Vlandis '50 
Harriette Seely Atkinson '51 
Betty Shufflebarger Butler '51 
Eugenia Moran Cheney '51 
Marguerite "Margie" McNeil '51 
Dorothy Kinsey Richardson '51 
James Donald Whittle '51 
Althea Mae Scholl '52 
Joanne L. Harris '53 
Catherine Wyvonne Weaver Vance '53 
Nancy Poarch Daugherty '54 
Joan Bennett Dishman '54 
Patricia Shipley Hook '54 
Patricia Francis Chirogene '56 
Elizabeth A. Hess '56 
Patricia Hubbard Johnson '56 
Patricia "Pat" Clark Porter '56 
Naomi Johns Bowles '57 
Nancy Simpson Finch '57 
Carol Dunnavant Lerz '57 
Barbara Dill Montgomery '57 
Anna Mae Fowler '58 
Sally Shepherd Harrison '58 
Joan Frances Pillsbury Rutherford '58 
Marcia Kyes Price '59 
Carolyn Ruth Lawrence Jackson '60 
Judith Saunders Lawrence- Wicks '60 
Kristen Paige Peery Vesell '60 
Jean Clark Weatherson '60 
Carmen Portenier Fare '61 
Gail Picton Warlow Sessions '61 
Carolyn Gaye Eustace Spence '61 
Sandra Louise Stevens Doty '62 
Mary E. Owens Daitz '63 
Kathleen Boschen '64 
Patricia Cuffia Rankin '65 
Mary-Helen Hutcheson 

McMenamin '66 
Eddie Lynne Young Carr '70 
Virginia Crow Acors '72 
Frances Guthrie Flynn '72 
Christie Jaeger Thomas '72 
Doris Marie Churney '76 
Louis Philip Cox III '81 
Ronald L. Hutson '81 
Barbara Joyce Perkins Bates '88 
Linda Lee Tucci '95 
Anne Eleanor Parker '97 



Mary Privott Baird '42, who lost her 
husband 

Virginia Lamberth Edwards '45, 
who lost her sister 

Dorothy "Skip" Potts Taylor '45, 
who lost her husband 

Nancy Aitcheson Taylor '45, who 
lost her husband 

Marguerite Dameron Albert '46, 
who lost her husband 

Mildred Lamberth Chamberlain 
'46, who lost her sister 

Sylvia Francis Sheffield '47, who 
lost her husband 

Gene Watkins Covington '48, who 
lost her husband 

Elva Welday Newdome '48, who 
lost her daughter 

Joan Marie Pershing Poling '54, 
who lost her husband 

Carolyn Ann "Susie" Miller Maclay 
'55, who lost her husband 

Phyllis Melillo Shanahan '55, who 
lost her husband 

Jeanetta Bishop Patane '56, who lost 
her husband 

Cynthia Niesley Potts '58, who lost 
her husband 

Ann Moser Garner '65, who lost 
her husband 

Donna Gates Mason '65, who lost 
her husband 

Sheila Denny Young '66, who lost 
her husband 

Ellen Grace Jaronczyk '70, who lost 
her husband 

Bobbie S. Burton '74, who lost her 
father 

Joanne Zech Lyons '74, who lost 
her father 

Karen Marie Sullivan Iseman '76, 
who lost her father 

Helen Taylor Salter '76, who lost 
her father 

Ellen Stanley Booth '81, who lost 
her father 

Tammy Faulconer Burton '81, who 
lost her husband 

Monecia Helton Taylor '81, who 
lost her husband 

David E. Turley '81, who lost his 
mother 

Erin R. Devine '82, who lost her 
husband 

Liane C. Vesell '96, who lost her 
mother 

Sarah Holt Trible Pierson '05, who 
lost her mother 

Hannah E. Ridenour '13, who lost 
her father 




Stephen James Burton 

Stephen Burton, who 
taught music at Mary 
Washington for three 
decades, died Dec. 31, 
2010, at his home in 
Spotsylvania County 
after a long battle with 
pancreatic cancer. 

After beginning his 
teaching career at Towers 
High School in Decatur, 
Ga., Burton taught for 
one year at St. Mary's College in Maryland before moving to 
Fredericksburg. While at UMW, Burton started the popular 
show choir ensemble now known as Encore. 

At a performance last fall, several dozen choir alumni 
surprised a tearful Burton by joining the current members 
onstage to sing Lean on Me. Later, Hannah von Oeyen '11, 
who sings with Encore, told The Free Lance-Star newspaper, 
"He's the reason why we have a show choir. He's very, very, very 
important to us, and he's made a huge impact on everyone in 
show choir." 

A native of Illinois, Burton graduated from Florida State 
University with bachelor's and master's degrees in music. He 
received a Ph.D. from the College-Conservatory of Music at the 
University of Cincinnati. 

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Faulconer Burton '81 . 
Burton was a member of Salem Baptist Church, and he 
served many local churches in music ministry. During his 
years in the Fredericksburg area, he worked with a variety 
of musical groups, including the Maranatha Touring Choir, 
the Fredericksburg Singers, the Fredericksburg Community 
Chorus, the Stafford Regional Choral Society, the Historyland 
Barbershop Chorus, the UMW Women's Chorus, and - most 
recently -The Spotsylvanians. In addition, he performed at the 
Riverside Center Dinner Theater, where he was affectionately 
known as "Birdie" and was in more than 30 productions. 



UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON MAGAZINE • SPRING 201 



CLOSING COLUMN 



Mary Washington has been 
fruitful. It has produced three 
Virginia Poet Laureates in a row. 
The latest is Kelly Cherry '61, 
She was appointed last 
summer to a two-year term 
succeeding Claudia Emerson, 
UMW professor of English and 
Arrington Distinguished Chair 
Kelly Cherry '61 in Poetry. Emerson won the 

2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 
for her collection, Late Wife. Her two-year tenure as state 
Poet Laureate followed that of Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda '69, 
a poet, painter, sculptor, and educator who has published 

Cherry is the author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, memoir, 
' criticism. She also has published eight pocket-sized 

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most recent titles are The Woman Who: Stories, The Retreats of 
Thought: Poems, and Girl in a Library: On Women Writers & The 
Writing Life. Her new and selected poems, Hazard and Prospect, 
was a finalist for the Poets' Award. 

Cherry is a professor emerita of English at the University 
of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught a range of writing 
genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as 
contemporary American poetry. 

After majoring in philosophy at Mary Washington, she 
earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of 
North Carolina at Greensboro. Now a resident of Halifax, Va., 
Cherry said her years as a student at Mary Washington greatly 
influenced her writing. "Geography is compelling," she said. 
"You look out the window and you see what you see. You 
listen to the language and you hear what you hear. And all of 
it goes into one's work." 

Cherry wrote the following poem at the request of University 
of Mary Washington Magazine. 



Mary Washington College, 1957 

We had no poetry workshops then - 

my freshman year in college - but 

we had trees. Yes, trees, even then 

thick-trunked and tall, with branches that wrote 

on the sky. Looking up, I read 

about myself in leaf-language, 

and though it seemed profligate 

to read about oneself, I learned 

that way enough of leaf-language 

to want to write in leaf-language. 

Call poetry poet-TREE, 

I like to joke these later years 

of mellowing and reminiscence. 

A campus green and slightly wild 

will teach a student metaphors 

and the lasting beauty of the meanwhile. 

-Kelly Cherry '61 




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